Benefits of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

When fully functional and exchangeable, the benefits of EHRs offer far more than a paper record can. EHRs:

Our world has been radically transformed by digital technology – smart phones, tablets, and web-enabled devices have transformed our daily lives and the way we communicate. Medicine is an information-rich enterprise. A greater and more seamless flow of information within a digital health care infrastructure, created by electronic health records (EHRs), encompasses and leverages digital progress and can transform the way care is delivered and compensated. With EHRs, information is available whenever and wherever it is needed.1

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, a component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, represents the Nation’s first substantial commitment of Federal resources to support the widespread adoption of EHRs. As of August 2012, 54 percent of the Medicare- and Medicaid-eligible professionals had registered for the meaningful use incentive program.1

BETTER DECISIONS AND MORE COORDINATED CARE WITH EHRS

With more complete patient information, providers improve their ability to make well-informed treatment decisions quickly and safely.

Percentage of physicians whose electronic health records provided selected benefits2

Chart: Percentage of physicians whose electronic health records provided selected benefits 
  1. Levingston, S. A. (2012). Opportunities in physician electronic health records: A road map for vendors. Bloomberg Government.
  2. Jamoom E, Beatty P, Bercovitz A, et al. (2012) Physician adoption of electronic health record systems: United States, 2011. NCHS data brief, no 98. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics.