An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is an electronic version of a patients medical history, that is maintained by the provider over time, and may include all of the key administrative clinical data relevant to that persons care under a particular provider, including demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports The EHR automates 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.
Advantages of electronic health record
1. Continuum of care – The essential benefit of an EHR system would be its ability to generate a single patient-centric view of electronic health information that shows a lifetime record updated and validated by multiple sources and organizations. This approach would create a continuum of healthcare information for every patient. 2. Cost reduction – Duplication of diagnostic tests could be reduced or eliminated because each hospital would have access to the patient’s history, including a record of previous radiology and other diagnostics while under the care of other hospitals. 3. Medications management – By viewing a complete medication history, physicians would be better equipped to avoid potentially harmful and costly drug interactions. The EHR would link with formularies so that the most cost effective medications covered by payers would be accessed. 4. Long-term perspective and portability – With today’s highly mobile society, patients will be served by multiple hospitals and covered under multiple health plans over a lifetime. The EHR is the only way that both the patient and the hospital could obtain a long-term perspective that would be invaluable in diagnostics, treatment and prevention strategies. 5....
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