When your doctor must access your health records—everything from your allergies to the treatments you received during past visits—does he or she pull out a manila envelope brimming with scraps of paper? Or does your physician log onto the computer? The odds are becoming increasingly high that your doctor turns to the computer.
Electronic health records
This is due to the recent adoption of EHR software, or electronic heath records. The usage of EHR software by medial professionals has grown in recent years. The percentage of office-based physicians with access to EHR software stood at 57 percent in 201. This is an rise from the 50.7 percent of office-based physicians who used EHR software in 2010.
Electronic records good news for patients
EHR is actually a good thing for patients. With electronic documents, doctors are much less likely to lose information and can access your documents more quickly. No more shuffling through papers. With the touch of a button, they can now get all of your information, which gives doctors more hours to spend with patients and shortens the length of time patients have to wait.
Federal government encouragement
The government is even behind the movement to digital documentation. The government is also pushing physicians to file their prescription information electronically instead of by hand. This, too, seems sensible; pharmacists tend to make prescription medication mistakes when they’re endeavoring to read the often-incomprehensible handwriting of doctors. If they can access prescriptions electronically through their computers, the possibility of mistakes falls considerably.