Any given hospital or medical facility houses millions of patient information files. In the past, these files have typically been composed of a large number of documents, piled into a folder, and stored away in a large filing room. A frequently recurring patient’s file would be overflowing with paperwork, doctor notes, and treatment plans. In many hospital filing rooms, these bursting folders simply could not fit on the shelves, leaving patient folders piled on the floor, increasing the chances that important paperwork could slip out or be lost among thousands of other folders. These are chances that hospitals are no longer willing to take.
In recent years, electronic medical records software companies have developed programs that allow hospitals to keep track of their patient information