What are eMAR and MAR?

If you’re new to the healthcare industry, finding the right fit for your medical recording needs is likely a top priority for your business. To find the right fit, this is where the Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR), or even the traditional Medication Administration Record (MAR), comes into play.

Admittedly, eMAR is by far the more efficient and effective way to record and manage your patient’s medical records. However, MAR is also a viable alternative if your business recently started operations.

But what are the benefits of eMAR or MAR? Well, ALPS is here to answer your questions regarding these two different medical recording methods.

eMAR at a Glance:

Over the years, eMAR has become the go-to method for maintaining patient records on their healthcare and medication history needs. Some of the benefits of eMAR include the following list:

  • Accurately preserving a patient’s medical record history and prescription needs.
  • eMAR also helps you distribute, track, and order medications and treatments accurately.
  • eMAR also helps to keep track of your accounts receivable.

One of the cons to using eMAR is if the patient’s records are inaccurate or outdated, you will need to make sure your staff updates the patient information correctly.

You must train your staff to naturally have a keen eye for detail when keeping medical records updated in the eMAR system. Also, making sure the software of your eMAR system is updated frequently is critical to keep in mind, especially if you don’t have an alternative method of recording patient data.

MAR as a Recording Method:

MAR is preferred if you don’t mind keeping track of tangible paper records (like a medication chart) in your physical office. It’s also the “easier” medical administration recording system to implement in your office. The only real maintenance to MAR is updating patient profiles accordingly and making sure other records related to prescriptions, medications, and other treatments are updated.

However, one of the many pitfalls of MAR is that errors usually spring up more frequently when compared to maintaining an eMAR system. Below are some of the cons to using a MAR:

  • Administering the wrong dosage or even misreading the prescription needed for a patient.
  • A patient’s paper trail of medical record history has a higher chance of being misfiled or lost during a transfer of offices or reshuffling medical record history cabinets.
  • There is a higher chance a patient’s provider will miswrite, or forget outright, a patient’s administered prescription and at what time(s) the patient needs to take it throughout the day, week, or month.

So regardless of what your business needs are, one truth holds up – and that is your business needs to decide what the best medical administration recording method to use is.

Luckily for you, that’s where ALPS comes in. We can cut through the hassle of finding the right recording system fit for you and help with the integration process if you’re transitioning to using an eMAR system. For a free consultation on finding the right fit for your business needs, we encourage you to reach out to our team at our contact page or email:
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