The Digital Age of Medicine

December 14th, 2012

Everything is going digital nowadays, even medical records. Last time that you were at the doctor did they pull out an envelope to gain access to your health records? Or did your doctor pull it up on some type of computer?

Electronic health records

This is due to the latest adoption of EHR software, or electronic heath records. The use of EHR software by medial professionals has exploded in recent years. The percentage of office-based physicians with access to EHR software stood at 57 percent in 201. This is an increase from the 50.7 percent of office-based physicians who used EHR software in 2010.

Electronic records good news for patients

EHR is actually a great thing for patients. With electronic documents, doctors are less likely to misplace information and can access your documents more quickly. No more shuffling through papers. With the touch of a button, they can now access all of your information, which gives doctors more hours to spend with patients and shortens the time patients have to wait.

Federal government encouragement

The federal government is promoting the move toward EHR. They are also encouraging electronic filing for prescriptions. This will likely prevent patients from losing their prescriptions and it ensures they are easier for the pharmacist to read.