(ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD)?
What is EHR(Electronic Health Record)?
EHR or Electronic Health Record is an individual patient’s medical/health data history compiled into a detailed report and maintained by the healthcare provider (Hospital/Doctor). Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC-HIT), defines an electronic health record (EHR) as a patient record (created in one healthcare set-up, but interoperable and shareable across other care facilities) to be shared across other health care providers, such as laboratories and specialty practices etc. – thus an EHR is a superset or master record of all patient encounters across the care continuum.
Choosing the right EHR systems/platforms, for a practice is an important and key decision to make. EHR system impacts every facet of a physician’s practice right from patient scheduling to clinical notes to laboratory management to radiology Information management and medical billing. With more accurate, consistent and updated patient information at their fingertips, healthcare providers improve their ability to make actionable, well-informed treatment decisions quickly and safely.
EHR projects implemented in provider facilities result in huge benefits in terms of Increased Quality of Care, Enhanced Efficiency and Productivity and Better patient care and outcomes.
Advantages of Electronic Health Record (EHR) Implementation
- Reduces cost invested on paper works
- Improves safety of patient and medical data maintained by providers
- Improves work efficiency and helps providers in reaching their goals
- Making precise, up-to-date and complete patient information available at the crucial point between providers
- Provides rapid access to critical patient records for coordinated and efficient patient care
- Enables safe and secure sharing of electronic information of/with patients and doctors/clinicians/hospitals
- Helps healthcare providers by making it easier to effectively examine patient’s health and treat them more effectively
- Reduces medical and diagnostic errors, and improves overall patient care
- Improves interaction between patients and providers under a secure and stable environment improving convenience
- Makes medical prescriptions safer and more reliable
- Makes it easier to maintain and manage liable and accurate documentation of all patient care data, streamlined coding and bills
- Improves security and privacy of patient data
- Provides an easy environment for healthcare providers to improve their productivity & work-life balance