Electronic Health Record (EHR) Definition
An electronic health record (EHR) is a computerized official health record for an individual that is created to share information about the individual with other health care providers and organizations – such as laboratories, specialists, medical imaging facilities, pharmacies, emergency facilities, and school and workplace clinics. An EHR contains information from all clinicians involved in a patient’s care. This digitized health information system is expected to improve healthcare efficiency and quality of care and reduce costs.
Administrative and billing data
Information about visits to health care professionals
Information about any conditions or diseases
Records of hospitalization
Information about any surgeries or procedures performed
Lab and test results, etc.
The governments of many countries like Norway, Netherlands, U.K., U.S.A., Germany, Australia, France, etc. are working to ensure that all citizens have standardized EHRs. The major barrier for the adoption of EHRs is cost apart from the perceived lack of financial return from investing in them, the technical and logistic challenges involved in installing, maintaining, and updating them, and consumers' and physicians' concerns about the privacy and security of electronic health information.
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