Health IT focus on your health instead of on the everyday hassles of managing your health care.
- E-prescribing systems : Automatically send prescription orders to the pharmacy for
you so your medicine is ready for pick-up when you arrive, saving you time. E-prescribing can also reduce the potential for
medication errors, such as those made by messy handwriting on a paper prescription.
- Rapid information sharing: When a provider adds patient notes or test results to your EMR, that information may be
available to the health care providers authorized to view your records, so that they can have access to the most up-to-date
information about your health. Some health care providers may allow you to access your own health information directly,
meaning you no longer have to wait to hear back from your doctor for information, such as test results.
- Reduced paperwork: As a patient, you have probably answered the same questions about personal information and
medical history dozens of times on seemingly identical forms. When health care providers share your electronic health
information, you may not need to write down the same facts repeatedly.
- Reduced unnecessary tests: Doctors sometimes order tests that you've had before simply because they do not have easy
access to prior test results. If all your test results are recorded in EMRs that can talk to each other, a health care provider
can see your prior test results that are available and order only truly necessary tests and procedures, saving time, money,
and discomfort while reducing risk.
- Better follow-up, better follow-through: Many EMRs incorporate reminder systems for both you and your doctor. For
example, some EMRs remind your doctor to follow up with you about ongoing health conditions or to offer you information
or services in response to changes in your health. At the same time, some EMRs can send you email or text message
reminders about making or keeping appointments, staying current with treatment and medications, and other ways to
improve your health.
- Secure access to information: In the event of a natural disaster or other tragedy, having your records in an EMR should make it easier to reassemble your records, and to make them available to providers away from home, in the event that you need to relocate temporarily or permanently. The Federal Government requires certified systems to meet certain security standards so that professionals and others you designate can see only the information they need to manage your care effectively; your State laws may require additional protections.