Electronic Health Records (EHR)

Electronic Health Records (EHRs)—electronic versions of patients’ medical histories—are designed to allow providers consistent and continuous access to patient data, with an increased timeliness and availability. Because EHRs can streamline workflow and enable access to information, they enable healthcare practitioners and professionals to provide enhanced patient care, and ultimately improve decision-making. Moreover, because records can be shared through networks and information systems, the digital information is searchable and in a single, non-modifiable file.