Using health information technology, such as electronic health records (EHRs) can provide many benefits to consumers and doctors.
Why do we need EHRs?
- Your health information may be with many different providers, in many different formats
- There are many points of care in Arkansas that are not connected electronically
- Health care providers need accurate information to give the best quality of care
Benefits of EHRs
- Eliminates errors caused by illegible handwriting
- Makes sure the drugs you are taking are not harmful when taken with other drugs
- Allows your doctor to make a back up copy of all medical records. If the office catches fire or floods, the medical records are safe.
- Allows your doctor to keep track of, and to limit, who looks at your medical record.
EHR Improves Care
- Tells your doctor when it’s time for you to get tests and shots
- Tells your doctor when he needs to follow up on lab tests, especially if they show you have a problem
- For Arkansans living with chronic illnesses, EHRs can make monitoring and reporting day-to-day risk factors much easier for patients and physicians
- EHRs can help Arkansans receive better diagnoses because they will paint a more comprehensive picture of a patient's health history.
How can sharing my electronic health record be good for my health?
An electronic health record can let your doctor send and receive health information about you through the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE). Your doctor can share information about you with other doctors, as well as with hospitals, labs, and the pharmacy. That can benefit you in many ways:
- You don’t have to fill out your medical history over and over.
- Once you inform your doctor about your medications and allergies, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to inform a new doctor.
- Other than routine tests, you won’t have to get the same tests twice because your doctor can see if another doctor has already ordered it.
- Your medical history will be easy to get to in an emergency.
- Your doctor can send your prescription to the pharmacy, so you don’t have to take it or wait for it to be filled.