Tuesday, January 16, 2007

How EHRs help patients - a view from the UK

How EHRs help patients - a view from the UK "It is evident that a Shared Electronic Health Record has many advantages over the traditional paper record. Unlike the traditional paper record it is patient-centred and enables patients and their clinicians to put the health record to much wider use.

It cannot be overstressed that the prime function of the Electronic Health Record is to give a higher level of support to patients and to enhance the quality of health care they receive. A shared electronic record will have fewer errors since the one person present at every consultation and medical encounter - the patient - has the opportunity to see and check the accuracy of the details included on the record.

If given free access to their complete Health Record patients become enabled to take a greater part in the management of their own health. "

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