Doctors and Hospitals Going Digital

Does your doctor pull out a file with envelopes and notes when accessing your health records or do they use a computer? Most likely, they are now employing a computer.

Electronic health records

Recently medial professionals have been embracing software called EHR (Electric Health Records). This has become more and more common. The percentage of office-based physicians who use EHR software stood at 57 percent in 2011, which increased from 50.7 percent in 2010.

Electronic records good news for patients

This, by the way, is good news for patients. We really want our doctors to be well organized. We want them to be able to access key health information quickly. With health-record data stored in computers, they are able to do this. They won’t need to fumble through piles of paper to find our medical histories, what kinds of medication we are allergic to, and whether we’ve gained 15 pounds since our last visit. This information will all be available to them at the touch of a keyboard. EHR systems can also shorten the wait times that we face when we visit our doctor’s offices. If doctors aren’t wasting time shuffling through paperwork, they can take more time visiting with patients and diagnosing them, even while seeing patients in a more helpful manner.

Federal government encouragement

The federal government is encouraging the move toward EHR. They are also supporting electronic filing for prescriptions. This will likely prevent patients from losing their prescriptions and it makes them easier for the pharmacist to read.

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Posted on: 12.14.12