Understanding Electronic Health Records
Electronic health records (EHRs) can serve as an archive to capture
clinical care provided and transmit or share clinical summary
information with other providers. Since physical documents exist for
patients, such as authorizations, insurance cards, and test results from
other providers, EHRs also obtain information through scanning, which
is specific to an individual patient. EHRs also provide coding
intelligence for clinical providers based upon a patient’s history and
exam. In turn, this feature offers compliant charge capture for billing of
services to health insurers. The efficiency of EHRs is limited only by the
imagination of the end user. In addition, specialized software can
provide automated data analytics as specified by clinicians or
management. Customer relationship management software is available
to send patients visit reminders, newsletters, and patient education
materials. With the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP
Reauthorization Act (MACRA) starting on January 1, 2017, EHRs must
have the ability to transmit clinical summaries to patients and referral
sources via secure email.
Complete the Understanding Electronic Health Records worksheet.
• Define each term related to EHRs.
• Explain the purpose or importance of each term as it relates to
Cite at least 3 peer-reviewed, scholarly, or similar references.
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