The implementation of pediatric electronic health records has helped to shape interactions between health care professionals, families, and the care providers that those families use in their day-to-day lives. Creating a system that is easy to use and understand has made communications between these individuals much easier and has allowed for health care concerns to be brought to the attention of the key stakeholders in a Pediatric Practice.
Electronic health records are protected under HIPAA, meaning that access is restricted to those who have been authorized to view them. Some practices communicate with select information with Parents via a patient portal. A patient portal designed for Pediatric practices can help practices provide timely information to their patients and families.
By improving communication with families, some Pediatric EHRs have helped enhance the relationship and trust with the patients and parents that are part of their practice. A good Pediatric E.H.R. helps practices optimize the vaccination rate by identifying patients that are behind on vaccines per the practice vaccine schedule. Additionally, practices can identify patients that are in need of a well visit and call these patients in for an appointment.
Addressing Care Complexity
For those who have children with special needs, accessing the pediatric electronic health records can help address complex areas related to the care of these children, helping to ensure that their health needs are met throughout their care and regardless of who may need to provide that care. It can help address difficult situations and provide suggestions for what is effective in this particular child’s circumstances.
Information in One Place
One of the greatest features of the electronic health record is that it keeps all of the health information in one place. Regardless of how many doctors have touched a patient’s file, the pediatric practice providers can access the information that they need when they need it. This empowers Pediatricians and other providers with the important information they need to do their jobs well and help improve patient health.
The electronic health record has taken what used to be a complex and tedious process, including the requesting of medical records and documentation, and turned it into a streamlined and easy-to-access resource that is of great benefit to parents and health care providers alike. Empowering parents and care providers to review important health information and take it into account when addressing health or behavioral concerns will continue to change the medical care provided to children and help healthcare providers and parents provide the highest level of possible care to the children that have been entrusted to them.