The Pros and Cons of Electronic Health Records

Categories: Health Information

EHR, or Electronic Health Records, are currently being implemented in many areas of the American healthcare system. This is important because as the use of EHR becomes more and more prevalent, healthcare professionals such as Medical Assistants will be increasingly expected to utilize electronic health records as part of their day-to-day responsibilities. It may be required for all hospitals and offices to have EHR fully installed eventually and all patients to have their personal health records digitized. And while this system means information can be shared between health-care settings, it does raise some concerns as well. Pros: EHR can dramatically reduce medical prescription errors, of which there are millions each year in the United States. When physicians make a referral, they are able to easily forward the patient’s complete medical record and share their comments. Reduced appointment wait time due to EHR’s easy sharing capabilities. Access for patients to view…