Electronic Health Records: Empowering Patients and Physicians
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Electronic Health Records: Empowering Patients and Physicians

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, July 14, 2022

Today, technologically advanced solutions aid in reducing errors, empowering patients, promoting better outcomes, and enhancing overall patient safety.

Fremont, CA: Electronic health records (EHR) effectively transfer paper patient files to computers. Although they have done an excellent job of gathering and storing patient information securely, EHRs have expanded over time to include more than just records and files. Doctors and clinics are better equipped to treat patients and exceed their expectations with technology that provides access to a patient's medical history and multiple data files. This immediately accessible and relevant information reduces time-consuming processes and facilitates clinical decision-making. The greater the number of medical personnel with secure access to a patient's important health information, the more their likelihood of providing appropriate and timely care.

Electronic health records empower patients

Patients should naturally be the focal point of their care. However, having a limited understanding of their overall health plan may discourage patients from participating in their healthcare journey.

Electronic health records with patient portals extend a patient's health records by allowing patients access to essential information. Patient portals increase the relationship between healthcare practitioners and patients and offer a vital communication channel.

Patients are more likely to take an active role in maintaining their health when they are better informed, have access to vital resources, and have an easy way to schedule appointments and visit their physician. When patients feel empowered, they assume greater responsibility for managing their health and being involved in their care, which has a direct impact on positive health results.

EHRs provide new opportunities to physicians

Overall, electronic health record software equips physicians and other medical workers with a potent tool that facilitates clinical decision-making by providing staff with a more comprehensive view of a patient's health information.

EHRs allow physicians to improve the quality of care they provide to patients via health management tools, clinical quality control, practice efficiency, patient engagement, data analytics, and an enhanced patient experience.

The comprehensive technologies aid physicians automatically by checking for issues and allergies when new prescriptions are given. They can expose potential patient safety issues and aid providers in routinely identifying operational difficulties via alerts and reminders. They enhance risk management, aid providers in avoiding legal liability, and positively influence public health outcomes.

 

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