Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Internal Medicine EMR: Providing Premier Care

Primary care is where a patient’s health journey begins. As the first point of contact, internal medicine specialists generally maintain the longest relationship with patient and have more in-depth knowledge of the patient’s medical history. They also hold more power to prevent illnesses by addressing the patient’s risk factors before disease can materialize. An EMR for internal medicine should be equipped to detect warning signs as well as provide appropriate decision support to aid doctors in diagnosis and treatment.

Internal medicine is starting to put more emphasis on disease prevention and education as patients’ concern and involvement with their own health grows. Disease prevention can be addressed by looking at age, sex and race demographic as well as lifestyle choices. How old is the patient? Are they male or female? Do they smoke? Are they overweight? Does cancer or diabetes run in their family? A good EMR will have built-in health maintenance protocols and based on the patient data entered, it will prompt the doctor to recommend scheduling preventative tests like a colonoscopy or a mammogram.

A good internal medicine EMR also has the ability to help prevent life-threatening and costly mistakes in diagnosis. Decision support will take patient information like allergies, medications, surgeries and previous illness and use it to determine how it contributes to the symptoms and the probability of one disease versus another. In addition to analyzing the symptoms, the EMR should be on constant alert for the possibility of drug allergies and interactions and explain why the combination is harmful and the severity of the consequences.


  1. Right, electronic medical records could then be coined as a trusty assistant of a doctor. It holds every data of the patient and prompts the patient of what needs to be addressed regarding their condition. From a patient’s age, family medical history, gender to alerting the doctor if the patient needs a Pap smear or a flu shot.

    James Guertin

  2. Actually this is due to people living longer as a result of medical technology advancement and good nutrition as well as an aging baby boomer generation in the United States geriatrics is one of the sub-categories found in internal medicine.

  3. It's actually their job. But I really admire to those doctor who really taking care their patient for a long term. That's why people really trust them to make their body healthier.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this article with us this sounds like exciting news!

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