2) EHR provides a way for all healthcare professional to share your health information securely and privately . If another doctor besides your General Practioner is seeing you
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WHAT IS ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD (EHR)? HOW CAN EHR BENEFIT YOU THE PATIENT AND YOUR FAMILY
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OBJECTIVESAt the end of this session the patient and theirfamilies ;•Be able to know what is EHR.•Know the benefits of EHR.•Be empowered by using the knowledge gainfrom this teaching session to recognize anymistakes ,decrease standard of care and anyissues of privacy and security.
THE DEFINITION OF EHRAccording to (Koch et’al 2010) p105 EHR can bedefined as “a computerized comprehensiverecord than contains medical record, results oflab , imaging , and other test, consultantinformation , prescribing information , and oftentimes incorporate computerized order entry aswell as other features, which may involvebilling , prior authorization , assessment of drug–drug interaction , decision support andmechanism”.
BENEFITS OF EHR to the PATIENT AND FAMILY 1)EHR reduces the amount of paperwork. As patients you are always bombarded with questionnaires that ask you questions that you may have answered numerous time . This system will allow the speedy retrieval of clinical data just by the click of a mouse an reducing redundancy.
2)Only authorize personnel can access your information.EHR provides a way for all the health careprofessionals to share information in a secureand private manner, each professionals cangain access to current accurate informationpertaining to your health, this helps to guidethe professional to make the best decisionespecially in emergency situation.
3)EHR ensures safe implementation of procedures.EHR provides a warning system to alerthealthcare professionals of any drug interactionor allergies to a particular drug , for example ifyou are being cared for by more than onephysician inclusive of a specialist , this featurewill help you save cost from taking drugs thatdon’t work also saves you from the risk ofdeveloping a drug reaction .
4)EHR can reduce/avoid unnecessary test and proceduresEHR reduces the chances of you having to do aprocedure more than once ,this system displaysall the results of past and present procedures,thus saving you cost and time, also allowinghealth care providers to gain access to all yourtest results all at once.
Your health records is readily accessibleCountries like the United States Federal law has itthat patient has the right to view their own healthrecords , in this case the patient can makecorrections or additions to their own health record. Some health care providers allow their patientsdirect access to their medical information online inprivate and secured forum. This would help you tostay current with your health also in someinstances there is an answer and question forumthat helps you laze with a doctor anytimeanywhere, this can help in retrieving a speedyresponse from your health care provider.
REFERENCES• Benefits of health IT for you and your family. HHS(2012).Retrieved on the 20th. February 2013 from www.healthit.gov/patients –families/ benefits –health-it.• Koch S., Gloth M. F., Nay R. (2010). Medication management in older adults : A concise guide for clinicians ; Springer Science and Business Media.• Example of EHR vista downloaded from www.policyinsider.com/?tag=e-health.