Electronic health records are becoming a crucial part of our healthcare systems in the United States. And as a healthcare information technology professional, you can help support those systems through your work. According to HealthIT.gov, an electronic health record is “built to share information with other health care providers, such as laboratories and specialists.” Having easy access to these records can have major benefits to healthcare providers and patients alike. Here are three benefits to EHRs:
1. Doctors can coordinate better care for patients.
When all of the various doctors, specialists, and labs treating a patient have access to the same health records data, they can make more informed decisions about treatment options. The information they’re using is more accurate, allowing them to provide better care.
2. Make healthcare more efficient.
When doctors have access to electronic health records, they can see previous test results and procedures that the patient has had. They no longer need to repeat tests to find out results, conduct multiple procedures, or wait for results to be passed back and forth via stacks of paper. Having access to test results through electronic health records allows doctors to provide more efficient services to patients, saving time and money.
3. Give patients direct access to their health records.
Patients no longer need to request paper copies of their health records when EHRs are available. They have easy, private access to their own records when they need it, allowing them to be more knowledgeable and in control of their own health decisions.
4. Less paperwork
Imagine a world with fewer forms and less paperwork waiting for you at every appointment. It’s possible with electronic health records! Electronic health records can replaced the rooms and rooms of file cabinets that often occupy physicians’ offices and save patients the hassle of filling out repetitive health forms at every appointment.
Health IT professionals are on the front lines of building, maintaining, and optimizing electronic health records systems. If you’re interested in using your IT talents in the healthcare field, CoreInformation Technology can help you find a contract position. Contact one of our recruiters to find out more!