The NCHS study reveals that 75% of physicians using an EHR system reported it improved care for their patients. But how exactly? First off, EHRs provide patients with a singular, comprehensive file. Those with multiple providers can rest assured that each of their doctors have instant access to critical information like medication alerts, allergies and existing medical problems.
Patient care is also enhanced by EHRs 24/7 access. Not only can patients keep tabs on their own health information, but their entire family’s as well. And with all the data right there in front of them, if something seems unusual, they can ask you about it – which puts to rest the idea that technology would lessen the doctor-patient relationship.
What about privacy? Patients should consider EHRs no more risky than using online banking. To protect patient privacy, the Department of Health and Human Services started requiring providers to report all potential privacy breaches of personal health information whether accidental or deliberate.
Lastly, your patients will enjoy a safer treatment experience. EHRs include information from health researchers such as what treatments work best, which you can then apply to your appropriate patients.