In this IT enabled era Electronic Health Recording System (EHR) can facilitate simplification of storage, retrieval, analysis and sharing of clinical health records. EHR can be a comprehensive tool containing medical records or similar documentation of the past and present physical and mental state of health of an individual in electronic form, and providing
The increase in the mobility of the population and of health professionals necessitates that health records are available on an ‘as and when’ basis from more locations. EHRs have the potential to empower consumers and patients by providing them with easier access to their health information, allowing them to exert more control over their health records, thereby becoming more responsible and more active in their own care while facilitating communication with their health professionals.
The term Electronic Health Care is widely used in many countries with variation in extent of coverage and the modes of operations. However, it is generally accepted as a longitudinal health record with entries by healthcare practitioners and providers from multiple sites from where the care is being provided. The Electronic Health Record contains all personal health information belonging to an individual; entered and accessed electronically by health care providers longitudinally over different episodes; and extends beyond the inpatient situations including all the ambulatory care settings at which a patient receives care.
This type of system requires a computer program that captures data at the time and place where healthcare is provided, whether at a hospital or primary care level, over an extended period of time. It would enable healthcare information such as test results, prescribing history, allergies etc. to be easily available at all times to facilitate diagnosis, decisions on treatment and medication from multiple healthcare providers and at all levels of healthcare structure.
- Increase the functional efficiency of healthcare providers through electronic data management- entering, organizing, storing, retrieval and analysis of all the clinical records/data of the citizens.
- Simplify access and sharing of patient health records within and across various healthcare providers and agencies.
- Empower the patients and consumers by providing easy anytime; anywhere access to accurate individual health records.
SVAAST’s EHR is an important healthcare innovation and contributes to a better quality of healthcare services. It allows seamless documentation, storage, retrieval and communication of diseases, diagnosis and treatment processes and hence brings forward better disease management.
For the State
- The major significance of this system is the availability of longitudinal data pool of the population for policy planning and efficient implementation of curative, preventive and welfare healthcare policies as well as detection and monitoring of disease outbreaks.
- Systematic storage of medical information for easy data collection for research and disease. Data can be treated in various ways for analysis to study health/nutrition status; prevalence of diseases; and to cull out comparative data.
- Measure improvement in the health of individuals and healthcare outcomes within a community, state and the country.
For the Hospitals/ Physicians/ Healthcare Providers
- Automatically collects and records clinical, administrative and financial data at the point of contact with the patient.
- Ready exchange of data between healthcare professionals to facilitate continuing care.
- Facilitates research and teaching in the healthcare sector.
For the Patients
- Convenience of checking records
- Drug safety
- Reduce duplicated medical tests
At the same time paper resources are saved and space for documentation is minimized. Moreover it improves communication, encourages information sharing and promotes work efficiency among departments inside health institutes.
Another advantage is the timely access to laboratory results and radiology images, which help speed up diagnosis process and decision-making. The faster diagnosis process benefits the patient with better health care services. Individual medical information is retrieved by medical staff efficiently and systematically. Medication repetition and drug allergies are avoided by having convenient access to patients medication history.