Electronic Health Records

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Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records


The growing awareness of the importance of health and well-being of citizens, the increase in average life and desiderata of equity and technological development has been causing sharp increases in requests for health systems, giving those projections of double-digit growth. It is impossible to continue to accommodate increases in costs, in national budgets. One way to mitigate the impact of these increases in requests is through productivity gains, rationalization of investments and exploration of complementarities and synergies, obtained by careful use of technology.

It is therefore necessary to create Electronic Health Record (EHR), one tool induces the effectiveness and efficiency in the provision of health care, which will significant benefits by contributing to: the quality and speed of care provided, reducing the risk of errors resulting from the lack of essential information for clinical decision making, promotion of cost reduction and preventing replication efforts and resources. According to this author, the purpose of this initiative is to gradually enter into computerized records accessible Clinical utility and private clinical information of the Portuguese availing their respective services.


Electronic Health Record (EHR)

Electronic health records (EHR) associated with users in their various forms (magnetic cards, smart cards, chip, bar codes, etc..), Has been used increasingly over the past 25 years as a way to increase the coverage and streamline the flow of patients within the health system can avoid duplication of coverage and fraud related to payment for services not rendered and materials and unused medications by patients. They are more properly a tool that increases access, transparency and control of resources in health services than an instrument to improve the quality of direct provision of services.

The utility of the EHR, so if associates not only for its contribution to universal health care, to increase access and reduce the response time of services to the needs of patients, but also to its essentiality as a means to increase transparency and efficiency sector (Carayon et al, 2005). To the extent that the EHR allow a better understanding of the health conditions of patients and resources used in providing services, thus contributing to a better monitoring and evaluation and to combat fraud and corruption in the sector.

Although they are expensive, and often the strategies used in their implementation are at risk of not being successful, the EHR technology systems and other health information, provide resource savings in the medium and long term to improve the efficiency of services , standardization of procedures and control and evaluation in the application of clinical guidelines, and generate better control mechanisms that minimize fraud in strategic purchasing of health services, basic materials, use of equipment and medicines. Also permit thus adequately control the use of health facilities, especially at the primary and secondary care, and reduce errors in medication administration.

In some areas, such as emergency services, systems information technology dramatically improves the response time and save more lives, with an incremental cost operating small compared to the social benefits generated


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