Health information technology, electronic medical records, and electronic prescriptions are but three examples of how technology is changing the health care sector.
Types Of Health Information Exchange
Information technology has made significant contributions to our world, namely in the medical industry. With the increased use of electronic medical records (EMR), telehealth services, and mobile technologies like tablets and smart phones, physicians and patients are both seeing the benefits that these new medical technologies are bringing.
Health Information Technology Includes:
Electronic Medical records (EMRs).
Your doctor keeps records of your health information, such as your history of diseases and which medications you're taking. Up until now, most doctors stored these in paper files.
EMRs ("electronic medical records") are electronic systems that store your health information.
EMRs allow doctors to more easily keep track of your health information and may enable them to access your information when you have a problem even if their office is closed. EMRs also make it easier for your doctor to share information with specialists and others so that everyone who needs your information has it available when they need it.
Some EMRs may also allow you to log in to a web portal to view your own health record, lab results, and treatment plan, and to email your doctor.
Patient health records (PHRs).
A PHR is a lot like an EMR, except that you control what kind of information goes into it.
You can use a PHR to keep track of information from your doctor visits, but the PHR can also reflect your life outside the doctor's office and your health priorities, such as tracking your food intake, exercise, and blood pressure. Sometimes, your PHR can link with your doctor's EMR.
A paper prescription can get lost or misread. E-prescribing allows your doctor to communicate directly with your pharmacy. This means you can go to the pharmacy to pick up medicine without having to bring the paper prescription.
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