Electronic health records

Genevieve B. Melton, Clement J. McDonald, Paul C. Tang, George Hripcsak

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This chapter introduces and reviews electronic health record (EHR) systems as essential core health information technology (IT). It describes current and potential future EHR functionality and discusses some of the challenges and controversies for these systems. EHRs include both traditional and newer capabilities for direct patient care and population health, as well as innovative Health IT working in concert with EHRs. Today's EHR landscape includes challenges around EHR data entry, increased patient participation in EHR data entry, certified EHRs with increased inter-operability, and a number of regulatory requirements often leveraging EHRs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiomedical Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationComputer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine: Fifth Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages43
ISBN (Electronic)9783030587215
ISBN (Print)9783030587208
StatePublished - Jul 2 2021

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  • Computerized/standards
  • Electronic health records
  • Medical records systems


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