EMRs are more than just replacements of paper medical records. They permit viewing, summarizing, and creating key data used in the care of patients, and they permit the delivery of care through the entry of orders and in other ways. Their functionality and ease of use helps determine the safety, efficiency, and ease of patient care. Thus, they are critically important elements in modern healthcare. They are no longer the domain of just doctors and nurses: nearly everyone on a care team, including the patient, participates in creating and using the EMR. Understanding how they work, their strengths, and future enhancements is key to success in clinical informatics.
1. Patients are legally entitled to see test results, discharge ...