Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a digitalized version of a patient’s medical history. It is a longitudinal electronic record of patient’s health information developed by more than one encounters in any of the care delivery setting. EHR system includes all of the vital administrative clinical data applicable to the patient’s care under a specific healthcare provider, including progress notes, diagnoses, prescribed medications, demographics, key signs, immunizations (duration and dates), lab-centric data, previous medical history, hereditary associated-conditions if any, radiological reports, treatment plans, and allergies if any. The electronic health record has an automated system which has the access to tools and information which has the potential to reorganize and contour the healthcare professional’s workflow. The electronic health record system also renders support to other care-related activities either directly or indirectly with the help of several interfaces, which include evidence-based decision support, result reporting and quality management. In the past few decades, the information technology has altered revolutionarily in each aspect of mankind. Nowadays, medical care practices of various types and sizes; coupled with comprehensive data is in fact a challenge as well as a benefit for every provider.
Benefits of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
- With fully operational EHRs, all the members of the medical team will have immediate access to the information which will allow more coordination and patient-centric care.
- Patient can have access to his/her own record and view the latest trends of the lab reports over the previous year, which will encourage him/her to take the medications and continue the lifestyle alterations which have improved the report outcomes.
- The clinical information garnered by the key care providers informs the emergency department professionals about the patient’s life threatening allergy, and accordingly the treatment can be adjusted.
EHRs are the next-gen step in the extended progress of healthcare which can toughen the relationship between the patients and medical practitioners. The compiled data, relevance and availability of it, will let medical providers to make better decisions and render better care. The ability to render latest and precise information with reduced medical errors is garnering the electronic health records market much popularity.