Medical record indexing is systematically locating, retrieving, and evaluating information from electronic medical records (EMRs). This information can be used to improve patient care or to identify abnormalities. Medical record indexing can be performed manually or automatically. Manual indexing is when a human reviewer reviews the EMRs and extracts the pertinent information. Automatic indexing is when the EMRs are scanned, and all pertinent information is automatically extracted.
Indexing medical records also ensure that important information is not lost if a healthcare worker leaves the organization or if a computer system fails. If a record is not indexed, it may be difficult or impossible to locate specific information such as test results or medication prescriptions. In addition, outdated or irrelevant records can cause frustration and confusion for both patients and professionals.
Indexing medical records help to improve communication between different members of the healthcare team, reduces the time it takes to find relevant information, and can even speed up the diagnosis or treatment process.