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Information for Providers

The benefits of Electronic Health Benefits (EHR) to providers and patients are tremendous.  Examples of possible benefits are:
  • Collection of data for uses other than clinical care, such as billing, quality management, outcome reporting, and public health disease surveillance and reporting
  • Automate and streamline clinicians workflow
  • Clinical alerts and messaging: patient immunizations reminder, lab follow-up
  • Health information gathered over a lifespan can provide better management for patients with chronic medical conditions
  • Early diagnoses of disease leads to  improved outcomes and reduced costs
  • Allows providers to see overall health status of an individual collected from a variety of medical settings: dental, and/or behavioral health information, patient histories, problems list, allergies, medication list, lab and diagnostic test results, and images, progress notes for the purpose of patient evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and referral
  • Expand access and services
  • Decrease service disparities
  • Number of duplicated medical tests reduced
  • Reduces errors by misinterpretation of illegible handwriting
  • Checks to ensure prescriptions are not harmful when taken with other drugs
  • Medical records are safe: back-ups of medical records, natural disaster prevention
  • Saves provider the time of thumbing through endless records
  • Patient medical history easily accessible in an emergency
  • Providers send prescription directly to pharmacy; saves patient from standing in long lines

Important Documents for Providers