EHRs contain all needed patient information. Consequently, many types of health care workers access them as the patient is cared for in the various departments of a health care facility (e.g., laboratory, radiology, surgery, and pharmacy). In fact, many forms are completed electronically before the patient ever comes in for their appointment or procedure. Since paper charts are no longer needed, extra steps in the workflow are reduced, creating more time for the health care professionals to spend caring for the patient rather than completing paperwork.
- Why is it important to understand the flow of information into and across EHRs?
- How does having access to EHRs change the way health care professionals interact with patients at an appointment?