A standard EMR contains the following information:
- Your name, birth date, blood type and emergency contact
- Date of last physical
- Dates and results of tests and screenings
- Major illnesses and surgeries, with dates
- A list of your medicines, dosages and how long you've taken them
- Any allergies
- Any chronic diseases
- Any history of illnesses in your family
At Stanford University another benefit to the EMR system was discovered. Researchers found that EMR could be used to identify previously unknown drug interactions. They correctly identified that the drug interactions between an anti-depressant and cholesterol lowering drug raised blood sugar levels in diabetic patients - a population in whom blood sugar control is especially important.
The future possibilities for research are vast with EMR. The system is ideal for discovering patterns of reactions among patient populations. The Bastyr Center for Natural Health is slowly implementing EMR as part of their procedure, which is an important step in preparing students to be able to use EMR systems upon graduation. The idea is still new, and the implications are still largely unknown; but as of now, it seems that EMR might be beneficial to both the medical community and patients.