Electronic Health Records (EHR) is one such constituent of information technology in the healthcare sector that has been researched extensively in the recent times post the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.
With an ability to streamline medical records and initiate integrated healthcare, EHRs can transform the way in which care is given. With an increased access to patient’s medical history, EHR is the future of healthcare. Once implemented the benefits of EHR outweigh the cost incurred in its application.
When completely functional to the extent that the information present can be exchanged with doctors, there are innumerable benefits of EHR which include.
- EHR Can store comprehensive health information from lab results to radiology tests, medicines, and even allergies.
- EHR not only stores information but also computes it with the inclusion of Electronic clinical decision support alerts, which aid in monitoring drug interaction checks and thereby reduces medication errors and improves the overall quality of healthcare.
- EHR with their enhanced ability to store and analyse data prompt healthcare providers with preventive measures for the patient at the point of care thus enhancing clinical decision making.
- Through EHR The health history can be shared with other health care providers in nursing homes, hospitals, across state and even across country at any given time.
- Electronic Health Records (EHR) can be accessed on any gadgets such as laptops, tablets, phones.
- It improves the efficiency of the care givers who can quickly refer to the health history of the patients via EHR and track the treatment progress with greater ease.
- It enables quick access to the medical records of the patient.
- It aids in lowering the health cost by preventing redundant medical tests.
- EHR reduces paperwork and saves time and space required to store or search for any medical history.
- It improves clinical decision making by integrating patient information from various sources and making it available to the physicians thus encouraging integrated healthcare.
- It ensures safety of the patient and promotes productivity of the health care staff by reducing medical errors that arise due to missing information, a common occurrence with manual charts.
- EHR encourages proper documentation with legal and accurate billing.
- It promotes e prescribing thereby reducing any reading errors by the pharmacist and in turn ensures patients safety.
Therefore in a nutshell Electronic Health records (EHR) with its many benefits are definitely the future of healthcare. It is convenient, reliable and also saves cost in the long run. An exhaustive use of this system will certainly improve the quality of health care eventually.