Electronic Health Records
By Kay E. Case, M.D., FACOG, Board Certified Physician & Surgeon
Electronic health records should be able to improve individual health care. A tremendous amount of work is needed to create an accurate health record in the computer. In the future physicians’ offices and healthcare facilities will be able to communicate with one another electronically, facilitating consistent healthcare information sharing and eliminating duplication of services. Helpful programs track vaccination, preventative care, warn of harmful drug interactions and survey environmental risks.
For now, patients are encouraged to “tidy up” their records. Many clinics can now or will soon provide a summary of diagnoses, medications, allergies, surgeries and vaccinations. It is helpful to review this information and correct it for your provider. Also, providing a copy to any specialist or primary care physician will get your visit off to an excellent start.
Patient portals are becoming available to help you manage communication with your health care provider over the internet and through the computer. Preloaded questionnaires relevant to your current problem will make time spent at the visit more efficient and productive.
The transition period for electronic health records is difficult. But the goal of improved health care remains key and inspirational. At Women’s Health Care we are fully committed to providing all the benefits EHR & our patient portal have to offer.
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