There is a radical change in health record keeping and sharing thus the introduction of electronic health records in many medical facilities. The electronic health record keeping has led to reduced paperwork experienced in many health facilities during the use of manual data and record keeping. Electronic health records can be accessed on demand; they also can save lives, time and money. The system is advantageous to both the patients and practitioners since information retrieving is faster and saves time. Listed below are benefits of electronic health records.
Before the introduction of electronic health record keeping there was a lot of paperwork involved but is not the case with the invention of technology. Patient record and information is easy to retrieve and faster since the record storage doesn’t involve more of the paperwork but stored in a centralized computerized system. Record stored electronically can be accessed only on demand since the information stored electronically is more safe than the one stored on paperwork Transfer of patient information or record from one department does not involve the much paperwork involved back then, since records and information is stored and can be transferred electronically.
Communication between physicians has been greatly improved with the help of electronic health record keeping and fewer errors are experienced than the paper records. Electronic health record ensures that parties involved in patient’s information and record access the information fully rather than having a snapshot type overview from current visit. With the full access of information of a patient, there is more room for in depth evaluation that results to accurate diagnosis and avoiding some errors experienced on paper record. The use of electronic health record makes it easy for doctors to make a follow up of patients recovery track and continue care for both the patients under his or her care and those from other doctors. Electrical health record is beneficial since it provide critical lifesaving information concerning a patient during situations of emergency to an emergency provider.
Another importance of electronic health record is that it is has improved patients care outcomes and more empowered patients. With the help of electronic health record keeping patients can now access their personal health record which enables them to have an active role in managing their outcomes and well being. The introduction of patient portals provide all the needed information of a patient and also it provides a convenient way of scheduling appointments and refill prescription since communication is done electronically. With centralized information storage of patient information, data can be accessed from any care setting can make a big difference in the delivery of effective treatment. Better coordinated care is enhanced by the outflow nature of patient information electronically eliminating duplicate testing and facilitate easier documentation.