As technology continues to grow, so does every other aspect of our lives. If we refuse to grow with it, we will be left behind. Health care is no different. Information technology is reaching the medical records of today. Healthcare IT is not a completely new idea. Individuals have been working on this new record system for some years. There are a variety of different companies offering many different systems. This is one problem that electronic medical records face. Some of the systems are created for individual facilities, while others are oriented to sharing medical information among a multitude of facilities or offices. Probably the best system would be able to share information between facilities and offices.

One hurdle many companies face is the fact that some of the practicing providers are older and ‘set in their ways’. Meaning they are not interested in changing. These are the ones that will have to change, retire or get left behind, because electronic medical records are the wave of the future. If there is any question about this, note that Healthcare IT is addressed in the new stimulus plan, offering incentives to those that will implement them in their medical institution. This is a large push to update and modernize the way we handle medical records. Once this transition has taken place, there will be other, not – so obvious benefits. We will use less paper, need less room for storage and decrease the amount of labor required to maintain these records.