Electronic health records discussed

Electronic health records discussed

Doctors and medical centres in the US are currently discussing the possible benefits of using national electronic health records (EHRs).

Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, has taken a look at Eye MDs" actions and opinions.

The first debate about the uses and benefits of EMRs brought up the efficiency of having systems of storing data that consolidate information and simplify its retrieval.

It noted that research and clinical knowledge are expanding, treatments are increasingly complex and most patients are seen by multiple caregivers.

The Institute of Medicine, under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, considers EHR key to improving health care because medication and treatment errors and other adverse events could potentially decrease.

For example, the details of contact lens wearers" last checkups and prescriptions could be kept alongside details of their last visit to a GP.

Currently the health details of everyone registered with a doctor are being put onto an electronic system in the UK.

by Alexa Kaczka

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