About Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Record Overview

The Federal Government has made it a priority to move ahead with centralizing health information and putting patients' medical records in digital form. 

An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is an electronic version of a patient's medical history that is maintained by the provider and may include all of the key clinical data relevant to that person's care, including demographics, progress notes, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, and test reports.  The EHR facilitates access to information and has the potential to streamline the clinician's workflow. The EHR also has the ability to support other care-related activities directly or indirectly through various interfaces, including evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcomes reporting.

The advantages of Electronic medical record keeping include:  

Better documentation:
Doctors are legendary for illegible hand writing leading to inaccurate data entry by a second or third party. With EHR this problem will mostly be alleviated.  

Better decision making:
With information in a digital format it is fast and easy for clinicians to retrieve information 24/7, saving precious decision making time and promoting evidence based care.  

Lower cost:
It is hoped that the use of EHR will reduce health care cost in the long run as information is readily available and easily referred to before moving ahead with repetitive or unnecessary treatment options  

More accurate record keeping:
Huge amounts of information can be stored in digital format taking up minimal space thereby eliminating paper file storage and retrieval issues. EHRs simplify who has access to patient's information, when it was accessed and by whom. And, it allows for the tracking of alterations made to a patient's record.  

Better patient experience:
With the patient's complete medical record only a few clicks away, a physician has immediate access to the patient's medical information allowing for a faster and better response to providing medical care.

 

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Read more about the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program