With the rapid expansion of the digital world there are several industries that have started recognising the advantages associated with digitization of records. These records directly help in increasing the efficiency and reducing discrepancies buy storing the correct data.
Now every change experiences some sort of friction from several people involved in affecting the change. Though they may not be comfortable with the transformation but eventually realise the advantages that overpower the minor disadvantages associated with its application. Electronic Health Record (EHR) is one such product that is gradually growing in popularity in spite of the initial discomfort expressed by several people in the healthcare sector. A comprehensive data management system not only enables the doctors to view the exhaustive medical history of their patients but also makes it possible for the patients to view their medical records through the same system.
This improved level of transparency helps not only the patients but also the doctors. This integrated system of storing and accessing health records has made it possible to break past the brick and mortar constraints of traditional practice. With this comprehensive system the risk of error is substantially reduced since physicians have the opportunity to independently access the medical records that include the list of allergies, ongoing medications, radiology results, blood tests and many more without relying only on the patient’s memory. By enabling patient’s access to their medical records, EHR keeps the patient well intimated about his treatment process and medications.
The availability of a centralised database has made it possible for several healthcare providers to connect with each other over a single patient. This unified approach is also a vital step towards the improvement of healthcare. There is a level of comfort and confidence when patients interact with doctors and vice versa because now when a particular medication is prescribed for a specific ailment, the doctors always know what medicines the patient is already on (prescribed by another doctor) with the help of EHR and advices medicines that do not have any adverse reactions because of the ongoing medication. This sort of clarity is a major milestone in healthcare. Though there are certain obstacles involved with its implementation, the major one being transforming the paper records into digital, cost of the software involved and the general time required for updating the systems. But in the long run there are infinite benefits to Electronic Health Records (EHR) and its advantages strongly outweigh the impediments.
With the health information technology on the rise there are several countries that have realised the significance electronic health informatics, and many governments have come up with incentive schemes to encourage the implementation of EHR for the betterment of healthcare in their nation.