Why is the penetration of the EMR Software still low in India?
An EMR software or an electronic medical record software is widely used in the west. It is the convenient way of tracking the medical history of the patients. The EMR software helps in serving the patients better by maintaining their records and keeping their documentation safe and in place. The entire medical history chart, appointment details, reports, diagnoses and other information is easily accessible with this cloud based software. In India, the EMR software has paved its way to several large size institutions in metro cities. However, in government institutions and rural areas where digitization is still a question, the software is not being used.
Since a majority of the population lives in the villages, it will take some time for the technology and concept to reach the masses. The initiative to implement the concept and use the EMR software has started and government is taking the required measures. Hence, the penetration is low as compared to the developed nations. The literacy and the technological advancement are the two major factors required for this concept to be implemented. Change is slow but is gradually happening and is happening for good.
The doctors also must actively work towards bringing this software to good use. In the western countries, healthcare institutions, hospitals clinics dental clinics use EMR/EHR widely. All the procedure including appointment management, documentation, patient history and charts, billing process etc. is managed by the EMR software. The dental clinics use it as Dental Clinic Management Software in the west. In many parts of India, hospitals and health care institutions still manually carry out all these processes.
The staff may be well versed with their system but EMR can reduce errors. The most important aspect is that the reports and medical history of every patient can be easily stored and made available for future use easily with the help of this software. Lack of resources and lack of interest of the authorities is the major factor why this software is still not widely in use in developing countries like India and China. The penetration is low and only restricted to metro cities in India.