Why EHRs are embracing comprehensive health records

Electronic health records (EHRs) are replacing paper medical records as a more efficient way to maintain patient data. Independent physicians who use EHRs realize a reduced potential for errors and spend less time searching through paper files for information. The next step in the progression toward optimizing healthcare through technology is the comprehensive health record.

Many patients see more than one physician, undergo diagnostic tests, or need treatment in a healthcare facility other than the independent practice. In order for the primary physician to efficiently coordinate patients’ care, records of the external providers should also be easily accessible. That is one of the main reasons that EHRs are embracing the concept of comprehensive health records.

The Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority, Inc., now known as the NARBHA Institute, defines a comprehensive health record as a “new term to describe records with even more information than EHRs. Further, the comprehensive health record contains “all communications related to a patient’s physical or mental health or condition that are recorded in any form or medium and that are maintained for purposes of evaluation or treatment, including records that are prepared by a health care provider or by other providers.”

Elation Health’s Collaborative Health Record provides the same coordinated information for independent physicians. Rather than waiting for phone calls or faxes, Elation’s CHR enables you to automatically share updates directly from your Clinical EHR. Other providers get immediately notified so they can take action based on the most up-to-date clinical information.

In healthcare, time can be a significant factor in patient outcomes. Efficient collaboration with all of a patient’s providers can make the difference when confirming a diagnosis or determining a treatment plan. The Elation CHR digitally link a patient’s entire care network, improving care coordination and the quality of care everyone on the team is able to provide. Working across systems, CHRS are designed to enable each provider caring for a patient the access to information needed to care for that patient properly.