Yes, absolutely. When doctors have access to complete and accurate information, patients receive better medical care. Electronic health records (EHRs) can improve the ability to diagnose diseases and reduce errors, improve patient safety, and support better patient outcomes.
EHRs provide access to actionable information, for example:
- EHR not only tracks a patient's medications or allergies, it also automatically checks for problems whenever a new medication is prescribed and alerts the clinician to potential conflicts and risks.
- EHR help in sharing information across different stakeholders. Information gathered by a primary care provider and recorded in an EHR tells a clinician in the emergency department about a patient's life-threatening allergy, and emergency staff can adjust care appropriately, even if the patient is unconscious.
EHRs may help providers against liability actions by:
- Demonstrating adherence to the best evidence-based practices
- Providing record of events during the point of care
- Providing evidence of informed consent