Benefits And Implementation Of An Electronic Health Record

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Introduction
An electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. Through EHRs information can be available instantly and securely to authorized users. Electronic Health Record contain the medical and treatment histories of patients, patient’s medical history, diagnoses, medications, treatment plans, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images, and laboratory and test results, it allows access to evidence-based tools that providers can use to make decisions about a patient’s care and automate and streamline provider workflow. The main purpose of EHRs are to share information with other health care providers and organizations such as laboratories,
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Benefits of Electronic Health Record
The three many potential capabilities of EHR in improving the quality of care and reducing costs at the health care system level: clinical decision support (CDS) tools, computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems, and health information exchange (HIE)( Blumenthal,2010). There are number of advantages of electronic health record in clinical settings which are very essential. They are:
There will be no bulky paper records to store, manage and retrieve, very easy and quick to access clinical data, maintains fewer medical errors, improved patient safety and stronger support for clinical decision-making, the participation will be easier in meaningful use, Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and other quality programs, with electronic prompts assuring that required data is recorded at the point of care, there will be ability to gather and analyze patient data that enables outreach to discreet populations and the opportunity to interact seamlessly with affiliated hospitals, clinics, labs and pharmacies(athenahealth, EHR Knowledge health, 2012). Providing up to date ,accurate and complete information about patients, very secure in sharing electronic information with patients and other clinicians, make safer , more reliable prescribing,
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