Infographic: How EHRs Connect Doctors and Patients

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

How do electronic health records (EHRs) connect doctors and patients? In the past, medical data was only stored on paper, making it difficult for healthcare providers to share information. Between 2001 and 2011, the number of doctors using an EHR system grew about 57 percent, making it easier for doctors and patients to coordinate individuals’ care, often reducing the chance of medical errors. The majority of patients surveyed would consider switching to a provider that allowed them to view their medical records over a secure Internet connection.

Where are electronic health records headed? This infographic from HealthIT.gov depicts the history of electronic health records and how they may improve health and healthcare in the future.

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