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What is an Electronic Health Record (EHR)?

  • An Electronic Health Record is an electronic version of a patientís medical history that is maintained by the provider over time, and may include all of the key administrative clinical data relevant to that personís care under a particular provider, including demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports.
  • The EHR automates access to information and has the potential to streamline the clinician's workflow.
  • The EHR also has the ability to support other care-related activities directly or indirectly through various interfaces, including evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcomes reporting.

What are the benefits of an EHR?

  • Replaces current systems functionality.
  • Interfaces electronically with other ADPH data and billing systems.
  • Creates one unified electronic health record for each client served regardless of services or location.
  • Creates a paperless patient record and cost reductions due to elimination of paper-chart system.
  • Meets Meaningful Use criteria.
  • Improves workflow processes.
  • Streamlines recordkeeping and clerical procedures saving time, office-space, documenting, and making end-of-day phone calls. 
  • Identifies patients who are due for preventive visits and screenings. 
  • Diminishes travel costs for quality assurance (QA) activities.
  • Monitors how patients measure up to certain parameters, such as vaccinations, blood pressure readings, etc.
  • Automates the tracking of test results. 
  • Maximizes billing and revenue recovery.

What will it interface with?

  • Immunization Registry - Immprint
  • WIC - Crossroads
  • Laboratory system - LIMS
  • Medicaid
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS)

What will it replace?

  • Paper record
  • Nurse Practitioner Consult Template
  • Manual process for management and inventory of medications.
  • Manual process for management of follow-up of abnormal findings for nursing staff. 

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