EHR / Technology

An electronic health record, or EHR, is a computerized digital record of patient care which can be shared and exchanged between healthcare organizations. Experts anticipate that streamlining health information processing will result in overall improvements in America’s healthcare through improved patient outcomes, better disease management and prevention, and control of healthcare’s burgeoning fiscal burden.

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs require the use of certified EHR technology. Standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for EHR technology have been adopted by the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Physicians’ Institute has conducted projects focusing on supporting physicians in improving their use of EHRs.

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Physicians using electronic health record technology, express positive views (July 2012)

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