What are the advantages of electronic health records, sometimes called electronic medical records?

There are many advantages of electronic health records. Electronic health records (EHRs) help health care providers better manage patient care by:

  • Getting accurate and complete information about their patient’s health
  • Better coordinating the care they give to their patients and families
  • Securely sharing information with patients electronically about their personal health record
  • Accessing information to help diagnose patients, reducing medical errors, and providing safer care at lower costs
Content last reviewed on January 15, 2013
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