The Promise Of Electronic Healthcare Records

Electronic Healthcare Records Provide A Consolidated Accessible Location To Store A Patient’s Health Information. Learn More at

Online PR News – 04-October-2011 – – Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR) provide a single, consolidated virtual location to store all of a patient’s health information so it can be accessed by doctors and patients from anywhere in the world. Whether your doctor needs to see the results of your last physical performed in his office, or the MRI was taken in a far-off hospital when you broke your arm while on vacation hundreds of miles away, integrated electronic medical records can put that information in his hands in seconds. Electronic Health Records are all about remote access, up-to-date information, and superior communication among caregivers.

Many hospitals already use electronic record systems to provide accurate and current clinical information to help caregivers make the right decisions regarding a patient’s care. For example, the emergency room doctors at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation can use the hospital’s EHR system to pull up recommended patient treatment plans, created by a team of generalists and specialists at the Clinic, that aid the doctors in making appropriate care decisions. Internist C. Martin Harris, chairman of the Clinic's medical IT division, explains that “an ER doctor can pull up (a) protocol, and it will very quickly guide them through what needs to be done.” According to Harris, the EHR allows the clinic’s ER doctors to provide better care by allowing them to “assess the patient’s status and see exactly how the patient is performing.” Most importantly, this information is all made available in real time by the EHR system. Similar tools used nationwide also help hospitalists track performance measures ranging from hand-washing compliance to infections and medical errors. Without these tools, a hospital’s strengths and vulnerabilities might go unnoticed.

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