Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are secure, private, lifetime records containing patient-health and points-of-care histories within the healthcare system. Data from any connected healthcare entity, such as hospitals, clinics, doctors, pharmacies and laboratories, helps care teams provide more informed recommendations based on the longitudinal healthcare history of the patient. This information is then made accessible to healthcare professionals across a jurisdiction.
Why Use EHRs?
The fundamental goal of an EHR system is to create a longitudinal patient record with complete information about patients across all aspects of care including their demographic details, clinical history, medication list, radiology history, diagnostic investigations, procedures and encounters with the healthcare system. A comprehensive EHR is of most value to patients with complex chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and COPD or patients with complex care needs. Clinical information – accessible regardless of location – means care revolves around the patient and is based on a comprehensive understanding of their clinical situation.