Health records are collection of information about patient's physical, medical, and mental health collected and recorded from various sources. The traditional way of health record collection and maintenance is a tedious and time consuming process. Electronic health records are one of the recent advancement in this field of health research. âElectronic health record (EHR) is a long-life repository of health information that is essentially required for maintaining a personal health profile of countryâs population. EHR contains past, present and future health information with the aim to support continuity, efficiency and quality of integrated health care. Electronic medical records can be accessible from multiple locations and units, so the time of accessing patient medical record is reduced and also the productivity will increase and the quality of care will improve reducing medical errors, conserving physician time, sharing patient information among healthcare practitioners and workflow efficiency are some benefits that identified for EHR systems by making electronic health care information available with EHR at the point of patient care, lots of lives could be saved in contrast, technical issues, misalignment of cost and benefits or financial reimbursement, concern about privacy and confidentiality and lack of health information data standards are the major barrier to adoption of an electronic health record systemâ Electronic Health Record Acceptance: A Descriptive Study in Zahedan, Alipour J, Erfannia L, Karimi A, Aliabadi A.
Journal of general practice has published a collection of articles related to Electronic health records under the special issue Utilization and benefits of electronic health records edited by eminent Proff. Christopher Pearce, Monash University.
Last date updated on June, 2014