Benefits of EHRs

The Office of Health and Information Highway (2001) outline the following benefits of the implementation of EHRs:

  • support patient care and improve its quality;
  • enhance productivity of health care professionals and reduce the administrative costs associated with health care delivery and financing;
  • support clinical and health service research;
  • accomodate future developments in health care technology, policy, management, and finance
Benefits for Patients (The Office of Health and Information Highway, 2001):
  • expanded reach of effective health care
  • more secure information
  • improved sense of well-being
  • access to information about how the healthcare system works
  • improved healthcare and decreased risks (e.g. adverse drug reactions)
  • integrated health services
  • do not have to repeat basic information such as name and address
  • increased confidence knowing that all health care professionals have access to all relevant parts of their medical history
  • access to their own health records help patients to make informed decisions about their health
  • avoidance of duplicate, invasive, and/or expensive tests
  • reduced waiting lists

Benefits for Health Professionals (The Office of Health and Information Highway, 2001):
  • integrated view of patient data
  • increased access to other related and integrated patient information
  • improved access through a portal to related health services
  • improved decisions with up-to-date patient information on an as-needed basis
  • improved seamless care through coordination of multi-professional and multi-agency care
  • improved development of decision support systems

The Canadian Nurses Association (2002) Discusses EHRs' Potential Benefits for Nurses:
  • availability of comprehensive information on the care of clients/patients covering the continuum of health service delivery, across health professionals, and over time
  • convenience and ease of access, transfer, and retrieval of information
  • ability to view and display data from different views to support clinical, administrative, and research functions
  • provision of a dynamic approach to nursing research and to the development of new nursing knowledge