Electronic Health Record

Electronic Health Record

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An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is 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:

  1. Contain a patient’s medical history, diagnoses, medications, treatment plans, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images, and laboratory and test results.
  2. Allow access to evidence-based tools that providers can use to make decisions about a patient’s care.
  3. Automate and streamline provider workflow.
  4. Enable providers to improve efficiency and meet their business goals.

One of the key features of an EHR is 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. EHRs 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.

The ability to share health information electronically can help you provide higher quality and safer care for patients while creating tangible enhancements for your organization. EHRs help providers better manage care for patients and provide better health care by providing:

  • Accurate, up-to-date, and complete information about patients at the point of care.
  • Quick access to patient records for more coordinated, efficient care.
  • Secure sharing of electronic information with patients and other clinicians.
  • Help to providers and practices in meeting certain statutory and regulatory requirements.

EHRs are a vital part of health IT and can be used to facilitate the work of health care providers, increase patient participation, improve care coordination, and improve diagnostics and patient outcomes.

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