A collection of medical history of a patient for a period in an institution is known as medical records. Due to advancements in technology, it is now possible to save these records in an electronic media, which is termed as Electronic Health Records or EHR. These electronic records include all relevant information to the patient’s health such as the past medical conditions, demographics, medications, vital signs, immunizations, health issues, progress reports, radiology, and laboratory tests along with relevant information.
Electronic Health Records, or otherwise known as EHR, can be shared among other medical institutions with the help of EHR software and a secure network. The main aim of these electronic reorders is to make information accessible and streamlined to make things easier and more organized. Some of the other activities related to care such as evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcomes reporting. Electronic recorders make sure that the interconnection among doctors, clinicians, and nurses including all the other workers at the health care institution are just perfect.
Electronic Health Records makes things easy in a medical institution in many ways. One of the most important things noticed is the reduction in the number of humanly errors. Since all the information is available in one place, which makes it very easy while retrieving them, the occurrence of mistake is greatly reduced.
Computerized Physician Order Entry is one of the most important features added to the EHR software, which has a list of all the doctors who are qualified in prescribing drugs and meds for the patient. Eventually, this would complement in saving plenty of money, which also reduces the risk of the health of the patient. This also reduces the wait time for a particular medication or treatment, since the processing speed is increased with the help of EHR system.
Even though Electronic Health Records are advantageous to a medical institution, there are certain disadvantages to it as well. The cost to initially set up the system is very costly and it takes time for all the staff including the doctor to be acquainted with the new system. As the entire staff is involved in the process, right from the doctor to the receptionist, it is needed to train them to adapt to the new system.
Initially you may have to put in great efforts, which might be difficult and seem impossible. However, this will do well in the end to both the patient and the staff.