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What can a doctor use electronic health records for?

Lisa Moment
Lisa Moment on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Nursing Specialist

Many hospitals and clinics are moving away from a paper charting system to an electronic charting system. One of the main advantages of this electronic charting system is the fact that all of the patient's information is in one spot. This includes, but is not limited to, laboratory tests, imaging, specialty consults, routine physicals, immunizations, and even advanced directives.

The electronic health record helps doctors, nurses, and anyone involved in the patient's care, get a clearer and more complete picture of the patient in a quicker and easier fashion.

A physician can look at your electronic health records (EHR) and spot trends and abnormalities in your health results. Your doctor can also use your EHR going forward to keep track of treatments and results, consultations, lab results and other information.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.