The Effects Of Electronic Health Records On Patient Care

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The Effects of Electronic Health Records on Patient Care
Electronic health records (EHR) is an electronic version of patient charting. It is used to safely store information related to patient’s care, such as past medical history, surgeries, allergies, medication profile, demographics, laboratory and x-ray results, and personal information. All this information is readily available and shared among other authorized healthcare professionals across different health care settings. These records systems keep everyone organized and can be easily accessible at any time of the day or night. The EHR system is designed in such a way, that it tracks patient 's data accurately all the time, as this prevents data redundancy, and it only allows for information in the patient’s modified file to be updated at any given time. The use of EHR’s provides health professionals with valuable information that they can use to make sure their patients receive the best care they deserve. It has been shown that these systems have been the justification for many essential improvements for health care providers and their patients. With that being said, the use of electronic health records has improved the quality of patient care and patient safety.
History of EHR
Before electronic health records came into existence, healthcare providers were using paper charting as their way to collect data, which became very time-consuming and demanding as medical records became more complicated and the need to store…
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