An Electronic Health Record ( Ehr )

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A digital form and version of what has long been the patient’s paper chart is known as an Electronic Health Record (EHR). The EHR also includes treatment, physical examination, and investigations. It is sustained and maintained over time by the medical provider and often includes all the key administrative information. Electronic Medical Records include the regular medical and clinical information collected by physicians, hospital and other care workers. There are four main benefits of EMRs. One, an EMR tracks data over a length of time. Secondly, EMRs help health care providers distinguish patients who have upcoming preventative care visits or specialty screenings. Thirdly, EMRs help monitor how patients measure up to certain parameters,…show more content…
Though EHRs are very similar to Electronic Medical Records, a fourth benefit of utilizing EHRs over EMRs is that EHRs allow the portability of patient health care records. Due to this system, patient health care records can be transferred to different specialists, hospitals, nursing homes, and health care providers, both locally and across the nation. Similarly to EMRs, there are many ways in which EHR improves patient care. One way is by lessening the incidents of medical error by increasing the accuracy and transparency of medical records. Along with that, using EHR makes it possible to make health information easily available and accessible. It also reduces duplication of medical tests and also limits the time delay in patient treatment. These are very beneficial to overall patient care and enable patients to make better, well informed decisions. EHRs reduce medical errors by improving medical accuracy and clarity. Another way that having EHRs is beneficial is that systematizes the process of obtaining patient medical history and information. One disadvantage of utilizing EHRs is that there are possible ethical issues that are related to the EHRs. For example, an ethical issue may arise if a patient’s medical and health data are shared or linked without the patients knowledge or approval. This jeopardizes that patient’s autonomy and creates a barrier between the
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