Electronic health records could improve healthcare for millions, but heightened functionality is needed to better support clinicians and patients, according to a report from the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
“The adoption and use of electronic health records could greatly improve health care and lead to better patient outcomes, yet many clinicians are dissatisfied with current EHR systems,” says Alex Krist, M.D., the study’s lead author and associate professor of family medicine and population health in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. “Enhancements to electronic record functionality are needed to better support care.”
According to an article from VCU about the AMIA report, EHRs must go beyond documentation and start interpreting and tracking information over time. Other needed improvements cited in the article include better integration of care across settings and the advancement of information exchange to coordinate care across clinicians and settings.