The Digital Age of Medicine

Does your doctor take out a file with envelopes and notes when accessing your health records or do they use a computer? Probably, they are now employing a computer.

Electronic health records

This is due to the latest adoption of EHR software, or electronic heath records. The use of EHR software by medial professionals has exploded in recent years. The percentage of office-based physicians with access to EHR software stood at 57 percent in 2011. This is an rise from the 50.7 percent of office-based physicians who used EHR software in 2010.

Electronic records good news for patients

This is a good thing. If health records are kept electronically, they are not as likely to be lost. Furthermore, medical professionals can bring up your medial history instantly. This can shorten the time that patients have to wait to see the doctor.

Federal government encouragement

The move toward digital documentation is being encouraged by the federal government as well. They are also encouraging physicians to file prescriptions electronically. This may seem like a good move as the pharmacists are less likely to make mistakes and patients are less likely to loose their prescriptions.


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