Once known as the ‘Clinical Information System’, EHR system has evolved over the years and is now considered to be the Cadillac of healthcare technology. A brainchild of Lockheed Corporation and El Camino Hospital, the system dates back to mid-1960’s and first went live in 1973. Presently, over 80% Americans have access to this system and its future seems to be all the more promising with every passing day. Let’s find out its possibility in years to come.
Paperwork is soon going to be history. The minimal paperwork is going to be replaced with enhanced IT tools that will be incorporated in the EHR. It will be equipped with more categories that contain every detail that is required for keeping hospital records.
There will be more custom applications that will be linked with the patient portal and will be easily accessible to both the staff and patients on-the-go. This will enhance generation of customized reports that will lead to lesser administrative task.
The patients often complain about the redundancy of data flow and how confusing they find it to cope with the graphical representation. The EHR interface is expected to be more presentable and easy to comprehend providing better customer satisfaction.
The need for analytics is increasing for enhanced business performance and every US healthcare facility wants to stand in a good stead and offer better services. EHRs will be equipped with better analytical tools that will assist the healthcare providers with better Key Performance Indicators to identify their loopholes like never before.
The dosing details will be updated according to the patient’s condition real time and that will be notified to the patients instantly. Although this feature is already in practice with the current EHRs, the enhanced technology will promote distribution of medicines even in remote areas.
With the advancement of cloud technologies, the small and mid-sized healthcare facilities will also have access to EHR potential to gain a competitive edge in the ever-evolving digital market. This will lead to increase in EHR adoption rate and that is touted to be about 100%.
With the increasing dependence on cloud technology, the need for security is bound to increase to prevent any breach of highly confidential data from cyber threats. The data exchange practice will be more secure with more stringent cyber safety protocols.
There will be more powerful partnerships and integrations to ensure further development in the EHR mechanism and serve the country with better healthcare services.