The electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s medical history, that is maintained by the provider. An EHR contains the patient’s health information and medical history, including allergies, medications, immunizations, laboratory and radiology results, and past procedures and visits. The EHR is a longitudinal record of a patient’s care, and can be shared with other providers, such as specialists, to provide coordinated care.
The EHR has the potential to transform healthcare by improving the quality and safety of patient care, and reducing the cost of care. The EHR can help providers make better decisions, by providing access to the patient’s complete medical history. The EHR can also help to improve communication between providers, and can provide patients with access to their own health information.
The EHR is a key component of the digital healthcare revolution, and has the potential to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare.