As healthcare organizations continue to place an emphasis on improving the coordination of care for patients, electronic health record (EHR) technology will be invaluable to providers who seek to eliminate fragmentation of care and improve overall health outcomes. EHR solutions equip providers with more comprehensive and complete patient information, empowering them to arrive at better clinical decisions, make more accurate diagnoses and recommend more effective treatment programs. EHRs can help providers improve care coordination in many ways, including:
1) Reducing unnecessary testing, medical errors or allergic reactions.
2) Integrating and organizing patient information so that it is available to all providers responsible for that patient's care.
3) Simplifying care and treatment for a patient who is seeing multiple providers
4) Streamlining processes for patients who are making transitions between care settings. For example, when a patient's primary care physician refers him to a specialist, the attending specialist can use the EHR to view a list of that patient's current medications and health conditions, helping the specialist to make more informed decisions pertaining to that patient's care.
5) Helping patients receive better care in an emergency setting. For example, when a patient is admitted to an emergency room, the attending staff can use the EHR to identify patient allergies to certain pain medications, facilitating drug safety by not to prescribing this drug to the patient.
Source: The National Learning Consortium