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How to Talk to Your Patients about Electronic Health Records

How to Talk to Your Patients about Electronic Health Records

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Unsure how to explain the benefits of electronic health records to your patients? This brochure contains information on the difference between electronic health records/electronic medical records and personal health records, and how the transition of personal medical records to electronic medical records can help you and your patients.


HealthIT- http://www.HealthIT.gov
Unsure how to explain the benefits of electronic health records to your patients? This brochure contains information on the difference between electronic health records/electronic medical records and personal health records, and how the transition of personal medical records to electronic medical records can help you and your patients.


HealthIT- http://www.HealthIT.gov

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Published by: ONC for Health Information Technology on Jan 19, 2011
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TALKING TO YOUR PATIENTS ABOUTELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS
Like you, health care providers across the nation are using electronic health records (EHRs) to increasethe quality, saety, and efciency o health care.Research suggests, however, that patients have a limited understanding o EHRs. As a provider, it isimportant or you to engage your patients in a conversation about health inormation technology, and aboutEHRs in particular, to answer their questions.Below are some questions you might receive rom your patients as well as suggestions on how you mightanswer them.
What Is an Electronic Health Record?
An electronic health record is not just a computerizedversion o your paper chart. It’s a digital record o yourhealth inormation that can provide your care team withcomprehensive health inormation about you. Overtime, it canallow your providers to share important inormation, acrossdierent health care settings, in accordance with ederal andstate privacy and security requirements.This is one o the key eatures o an EHR: It is designed toallow appropriate inormation sharing beyond the health careprovider who frst collects the inormation.It is built to share inormation with other providers, such aslabs and specialists. It can contain inormation rom all theproviders involved in your care in a practice setting, or it canlink through secure inormation networks to inormation heldin other providers’ EHR systems. And, as health inormationexchange capabilities advance urther, the inormation canmove with you—to the specialist, the hospital, the nursinghome, the next state, or even across the country.
What Information Does anElectronic Health Record Contain?
An EHR includes inormation aboutyour health, such as:Medical historyDiagnosesMedicationsImmunization datesAllergiesRadiology imagesLab and test results
How Can an Electronic Health Record Help Me?
Storing health inormation in an EHR has potential benefts or you as well as or your health careproviders. Benefts to you include:
Better care.
With an EHR, all o your health inormation can be in one place. A networked EHRsystem can give providers more accurate and complete inormation about your health, so you receivethe best possible care.
Better care coordination.
Having inormation in electronic orm means that it can be shared easilywith the people who ensure that you are receiving the care you need. Because providers have theability to share inormation with other providers involved in your care, the care you and your amilyreceive is better coordinated.

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