When considering something as operationally and administratively critical as an EMR, no detail is too small for consideration. Apart from cost, implementation, downtime, level of technology and staff bandwidth a physician must–unequivocally– consider how his or her patients will engage with this, the next frontier of medical records.
Because of the way information is shared, today’s healthcare system necessitates a new amended intent for primary care physicians. Because of the interconnectedness of our society, medical practitioners must address the needs of today’s media savvy patients, patients who expect instant accessibility to their medical information, anytime day or night. With instant access to the world through Facebook, Twitter, email and text messages, gone are the days of normal office hours. By extension, “peer-to-peer” EMR content has rapidly faded into the background as physicians, including myself, search for ways to more effectively manage patient care in a way that enables patients to be their own best advocates.