How will adopting electronic health records improve my ability to care for patients?
With electronic health records (EHRs), patients' health information is available in one place, when and where it is needed, to help you manage your patients’ care and improve the efficiencies in your office. By adopting health IT, your organization can leverage the following benefits:
- Improve care coordination. One of the main benefits of electronic health records is that all providers involved in a patient's care can access, enter, and share information.. Ready access to a comprehensive patient record will allow your organization to improve care coordination and communicate with patients. You can leverage EHRs to provide patients with after-visit summaries, electronic health information, and education materials. Providers using fully functional EHRs report the following benefits:
- 72% reported that EHRs positively affected communication with patients.
- 74% reported using an EHR system resulted in enhanced overall patient care.
- Gradual EHR implementation maintained positive patient-physician relationships and fostered the sharing of medical information.
- Make better decisions. With more comprehensive health information, you can make better testing, diagnostic, and treatment decisions. You can utilize drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction checks, for example, to help prevent adverse medication outcomes and provide safer care. Providers using EHR prompts and reminders report the following benefits:
- EHR use resulted in improved rates of recommended preventive eye, foot, and renal examinations/screenings among diabetic patients.
- EHR prompt use generated a 10% improvement in mammography rates.
- Provide better health care. The performance-enhancing tools built into many EHRs, such as clinical decision support and real-time quality reporting, will help your organization improve health care quality.
- A study of physician practices using EHRs to treat diabetic patients in the greater Cleveland area found over half of patients in EHR-enabled practices received care that met all of the endorsed standards, as opposed to only 7% of patients at paper-based practices.
- EHR-enabled practices had annual improvements in care that were 10% greater than those of paper-based practices.
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For more information on the benefits of electronic health records and how EHRs can improve your organization’s ability to care for patients, see the following resources.