Articles  |   October 2017
Committee News: Electronic Health Records – Pros and Cons
Author Affiliations
  • Sesh Mudumbai, M.D., M.S
    Committee on Electronic Media and Information Technology
  • Lisa Y. Chan, M.D.
    Committee on Electronic Media and Information Technology
  • Mark Banoub, M.D., M.B.A., CPE, FAAPL
    Committee on Electronic Media and Information Technology
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Articles   |   October 2017
Committee News: Electronic Health Records – Pros and Cons
ASA Monitor 10 2017, Vol.81, 74-78.
ASA Monitor 10 2017, Vol.81, 74-78.
Electronic heath records (EHR) are real-time digital versions of paper charts designed to focus on all aspects of patient care and share clinical and administrative data with outside stakeholders such as government and payers.1  Most practices will need to adapt and retool their EHRs to meet Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requirements.2  In an effort to provide context to these developments, the authors provide perspective on the pros and cons of using EHRs (Table 1, page 78).
The digital nature of EHRs could potentially allow us to leverage data to deliver better and safer patient care and reduce medical errors and adverse events. Digital clinical notes are more legible and documentation may be standardized (i.e., preoperative note templates). Patient information may be shared easily across different settings (e.g., ambulatory clinics and operating rooms), thereby facilitating continuity of care, improving disease management coordination and reducing inefficiencies such as duplicated diagnostic tests. Direct data entry by patients, accessing and tracking diagnostic test results, and video telemedicine all can improve the efficiency of preoperative evaluation and selection of patients who need further testing, consultation and optimization.
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