Discussion – Week 5 COLLAPSE Electronic Health Records Electronic health records (EHRs) are at the center stage of the effort to improve health care quality and control costs. In addition to allowing medical practitioners to access and record clinical doc
- Improved accuracy: EHRs reduce the likelihood of errors that occur with handwritten notes or lost paperwork. They also provide an electronic audit trail that can be used to track changes to patient records.
- Enhanced care coordination: EHRs allow multiple providers to access a patient’s medical history, lab results, and other relevant information. This improves care coordination and helps ensure that patients receive appropriate and timely care.
- Increased efficiency: EHRs streamline administrative tasks, such as scheduling appointments, ordering tests, and prescribing medications. This reduces administrative burden and frees up more time for patient care.
- Improved patient outcomes: EHRs help providers make more informed decisions about patient care, resulting in better health outcomes for patients.
- Reduced costs: EHRs reduce costs associated with paper records, printing, and storage. They also reduce costs associated with medical errors, such as duplicate testing or incorrect medications.