Electronic Health Record
What are Electronic Health Records
Electronic health records (EHR) are a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users. While an EHR does contain the medical and treatment histories of patients, an EHR system is built to go beyond standard clinical data collected in a provider’s office and can be inclusive of a broader view of a patient’s care. EHRs can:
- Contain a patient’s medical history, diagnoses, medications, treatment plans, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images, and laboratory and test results
- Allow access to evidence-based tools that providers can use to make decisions about a patient’s care
- Automate and streamline provider workflow
Probably the most significant key features of an Electronic Health Record are that health information can be created and managed by authorized providers in a digital format capable of being shared with other providers across more than one health care organization. Electronic Health Records are built to share information with other health care providers and organizations – such as laboratories, specialists, medical imaging facilities, pharmacies, emergency facilities, and school and workplace clinics – so they contain information from all clinicians involved in a patient’s care.
Benefits of an EHR
Electronic Health Records are real-time, patient-centered records. They make information available instantly, “whenever and wherever it is needed”. And they bring together in one place everything about a patient’s health. EHRs can:
- Contain information about a patient’s medical history, diagnoses, medications, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images, and lab and test results
- Offer access to evidence-based tools that providers can use in making decisions about a patient’s care
- Automate and streamline providers’ workflow
- Increase organization and accuracy of patient information
- Support key market changes in payer requirements and consumer expectations
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