Can digitalization replace use of paper in healthcare?

If a physician attends to 20 patients in a day, that’s around 500 patients in a month. So, a total of approximately 18,000 records needs to be maintained for the course of 3 years. The traditional method of keeping records that is followed in most of the clinics and hospitals across India is the manual method involving papers and books. There are serious limitations of manual records. Unlike electronic medical records stored on cloud servers, paper medical records need physical space for storage purposes.

What do you do if there’s a fire that wipes out all your physical files? Physical files, once lost, are impossible to recover. How to catalog these physical records is again a major issue. An electronic system doesn’t have these problems as records aren’t handwritten, so the legibility issue isn’t an issue at all.

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