Invention in technology has led to radical changes under health sector with the introduction of electronic health record data storage. Many practitioners prefer electronic health record of patients since they are trying to reduce the paper work involved in manual systems. Electronic health records can be accessed on demand; they also can save lives, time and money. The electronic health records are both important to health practitioners and patients in particular since the time used to retrieve information of a patient is easy and faster. The following are some advantages of using electronic health records.
Paperwork is less experienced in record keeping since more of it is done electronically with the help of computerized systems 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. Electronic health system ensures that the patient information is secured and stored safely and can be accessed only on demand. Transfer in patient record doesn’t not necessary involve any paperwork since all the information is stored and transferred electronically.
There are fewer errors than paper records when using the electronic health records and it enhances communication between physicians. Electronic health record enables the different parties involved in patient’s information to fully access the information rather than having a snapshot type overview from a current visit. The fully access allows and gives room for more in depth evaluation which enables doctors reach an accurate diagnosis more quickly avoiding some errors made on paper record. The electronic health record makes it easy for doctors to make a quick follow up with patients recovery track and continue care for both patients under his or her supervision and those from other doctors. Electronic health record is also important and critical since they are used at times in life saving situations because emergency providers use the information to help and save patients.
The electronic health record system has led to empowerment of patients and also improved patient care outcomes. 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. Patient’s portals provide all results and information of a patient and it provide a convenient way of scheduling appointments, refill prescriptions and also communicate electronically. In electronic health record keeping all the records are stored centrally where data and record of a patient can be accessed easily and faster from any care setting which 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.