The Evolution of EHR: What to Expect in 2021

The Evolution of EHR: What to Expect in 2021

Alex D'Souza, Healthcare Tech Outlook | Saturday, April 30, 2022

The emergence of technologies like EHR is fueling the growth of the healthcare industry.

FREMONT, CA: The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic showed just how valuable digital solutions are for remediating the myriad of challenges facing the healthcare industry. Digital technologies have taken center stage, and they are here to stay. Electronic medical records, managed with EMR software and electronic health records, handled by EHR software, have revamped the way patient records are entered and processed. The future of EHR holds a lot of promise with improved care for patients and ease of offering superior care by physicians and medical facilities with the help of digital technologies. Here are some HER trends to watch out for in 2021.

Coupling AI and Voice Integration in EHR

Artificial Intelligence has already shown promising outcomes in the healthcare sector by helping doctors diagnose and recognize trends about a patient’s condition. Additionally, many companies are investigating bringing AI to EHR through voice recognition potentials. The system would inform the clinician about vital levels and tell them whether patients are healthy. 

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Mitigating EHR Errors

 If a medication administration order sent by an EHR platform does not match the dosage time the provider wished, EHR mistakes could happen. The coverage of these errors would likely cause healthcare facilities to evaluate their systems and see if the issues exist there. If so, they will look for means to reduce the problems.

Efforts to increase Patient Engagement

There are several benefits of moving to an EHR system. EHR systems enable monitoring people outside the hospital, for instance, at home. EHR platforms could also collect data about a connected medical wearable. Some facilities also rely on EHR platforms to accelerate patient engagement levels and mitigate manual tasks performed by administrative staff members. Several of their patients are tech-savvy. Thus there was a push to provide mobile-first services to them.

Blockchain in EHR

Several industries, such as the supply industry, leverage blockchain to increase visibility about shipments and share the related information with the relevant parties. Likewise, it can be used in medical records as well. A blockchain platform facilitated recording cases of gestational diabetes in pregnant patients by syncing with their EHR data.

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