The adoption and use of electronic health records assist in improving patient outcomes and diagnostics. How can they benefit your practice?
EHRs don’t just contain or transmit information; they “compute” it. That means that EHRs manipulate the information in ways that make a difference for patients.
A qualified EHR not only keeps a record of a patient’s medications or allergies, it also automatically checks for problems whenever a new medication is prescribed and alerts the clinician to potential conflicts.
Information gathered by a primary care provider and recorded in an EHR tells a clinician in the emergency department about a patient’s life-threatening allergy, and emergency staff can adjust care appropriately, even if the patient is unconscious.
EHRs can expose potential safety problems when they occur, helping providers avoid more serious consequences for patients.
EHRs can help providers quickly and systematically identify and correct operational problems. In a paper-based setting, identifying such problems is much more difficult, and correcting them can take years.