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Electronic Health Records: The Past, Present and Future.

The Past

The History of the EHRs goes back into the late 1960s, when the first-known clinical information system was developed. It all started with new technologies that changed the way doctors recorded and exchanged data, and did not waste time to take advantage of this opportunity to improve the delivery of care.

There were several problems that doctors were hoping to resolve with the implementation of EHRs

Those problems are as follows:

  1. Storage issues and routine paper work. The problem was that many doctors are not getting any help to do their paper work. As a result of the growing mass of paperwork, many doctors did not have time to do most useful things to their patients.
  2. Medical records errors. Obviously, it was a big problem for both the doctor and the patient. It was easy to lost medical records or inappropriate patient files.
  3. Not Secure Health information database. It was hard to protect health information on paper. Providers had special locked rooms with crowded papers inside.

The Present

From 2001 to 2011, the percentage of physicians using EHRs was gradually growing and the percentage continued to increase in the years following. It’s said 63% of healthcare providers had adopted EHRs by 2015. Looking at these percentages, it is clear that EHRs have come a long way over the past few years and should only continue to grow as time goes on. The adoption of EHRs occurred with great speed, today only about 10% of Hospitals are not using EHRs.

2001 year percentage of Physicians Using EHR 2011 year percentage of Physicians Using EHR 2015 year percentage of Physicians Using EHR 2016 year percentage of Physicians Using EHR 2017 year percentage of Physicians Using EHR
18% 57% 63% 59% 90%

Therefore, the most important changes brought by EHRs are improving the storage and greater and more speeding flow of information within the healthcare infrastructure. Traditional paper medical records have gone forever. With most EHRs information now is available whenever and wherever it is needed.

The possibilities multiply by adding the crucial part – now patient has access to his own medical records and he is able to share information with those he or she trust.

The Future

Most Doctors have passed the implementation phase of EHRs and are focusing on optimizing them. From now, all workflows related to a patient’s care are expected to be handled electronically.

There is some big expectation that all medical records and communication between doctors and patients will be implemented in a single system or portal in the future.

Doctors tablet

EHRs could be better integrated into telemedicine. As a result, providers will be able to provide care anytime, no matter where the patient is.

In respect to Ismart EHR, the software vendor always makes efforts to analyze market and predict the future. Obviously, up-to-date EHR systems should offer significantly more capabilities than medical data collection and storage. The future is in interoperability with third-party systems and applications when it works in practice and not because of regulations.


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