Typically, a patient's record is just a folder with his details and probably a photograph on the front cover, coupled with sheets and sheets of data recording his previous visits. While some of this data, especially prescriptions may be recorded in a hospital, can you imagine the long hard search that one endures to locate them when required. Also, this search by no means guarantees a consolidated view of a patient's information which would equip the doctor with a complete overview of the patient's health history. There is a serious need for a system in place which can ensure this Information be available Timely, Efficiently and Sensibly. All of a Patientís information must be available at a single point of contact.

An Electronic Medical Record or EMR is a secure electronic file of patient history, medical transcription notes, billing information, and all other information necessary to have a complete patient profile. EMR's, or computer-based medical records of patients, have already gained importance in the western world with governments taking up initiatives to implement them across each nation. However, in Asia, esp. in countries like India and China, there is a long way to go before the benefits that are available to the entire Health Ecosystem by EMRs can be realized. In reality, here EMRs and other Health Softwares are still considered an undesired luxury. Many physicians tend to drag along the process of migrating to EMR's because of the cumbersome training, additional equipment, change in mindset and lack of immediate financial gains involved with the shift.

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