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Healthcare Transformation: The Electronic Health Record

  • Dana Edberg
  • Jeanne Wendel
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Abstract

  Computer-based information technology (IT) is used in many industries to help people and organizations collect and analyze data more effectively. Health policy makers in the U.S. hoped that more effective and ubiquitous IT could generate similar efficiencies in the health care industry producing the dual miracles of strengthening health care quality while also reducing health care delivery costs. The digital version of the traditional patient chart, the electronic health record (EHR), is the heart of the IT systems designed to transform health care. While EHR systems have limitations, they are essential tools for storing information and facilitating communication among health care providers. Health care providers must understand this technology to use it effectively and also contribute to its ongoing evolution.

Keywords

Electronic health record (EHR) Health information exchange (HIE) Health information technology (HIT) Digital transformation Computer system implementation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsUniversity of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA

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