Do EHRs Make Patients Safer?

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There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not EHRs actually make patients safer. Sure, doctors using electronic health records boast fewer malpractice claims – Harvard Medical School reports that malpractice claims for physicians using EHRs tally in at one-sixth of the total of malpractice claims for physicians who haven’t yet implemented a system.


That’s fine and dandy, but what about your patients? Can you make them safer with your shiny new electronic health record system?




Both physicians and patients are becoming more aware of the benefits of having an electronic health record. Your patients have more access to their health information online, which gives you the luxury of having a second eye on the job.


Accuracy for your patients’ health data depends highly on positive attitudes, too. And when over62% of physicians have a positive perception of using electronic means to document patient care, you’re headed in the right direction.


Those same physicians are seeing the results through improved accuracy and better patient care. The Journal of General Internal Medicine published that primary care physicians report EHR use improves quality of care delivered to patients, including reducing medication errors, improved test follow-ups and better communication among providers.

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