CEME, or Computer-readable Electronic Medical Information, is a revolutionary technique, developed by McCormack which is completely unique in the medical industry. The main purpose of CEME is, first, to improve patient care through the use of computerized databases that store and are accessible by doctors for a wide variety of purposes related to a patient’s medical history. Second, by allowing doctors to quickly and easily obtain this information, it allows patients to receive better care at a lower cost. Third, by allowing doctors to access and manipulate the information in the databases, doctors can make more informed decisions on patient care and treatment. In essence, the information gathered and stored in CEME can help reduce errors and increase the quality of care provided. The use of this technology can ultimately reduce costs of healthcare by as much as 25 percent.
The abbreviated form of the term CEME is “cmem”. This type of abbreviation stands for the phrase “computer-isable medical information”. The reason why it has become so popular is that it helps avoid possible legal difficulties in the future. For example, if the courts found that some information was not computerisable and therefore should be retained, they would likely order a new court ordered file to be produced. By avoiding this complication, it is likely that clinics, hospitals, and other medical facilities will be able to maintain efficient, effective patient records.
In addition to storing medical information, a CEME database may also store other types of medical data. This would include demographic or insurance information. In many clinics, this data is used to generate or maintain a patient’s insurance policy, as well as their medical history. Many people are wary of having their medical data stored on a computer, fearing that the information may be misused by others. However, in many cases, a medical data warehouse is the only way to store a large amount of data for a number of different medical institutions.