How Electronic Health Records Connect You and Your Doctor

How do electronic health records (EHRs) connect you and your doctor? In the past, medical data was only stored on paper, making it difficult for your healthcare providers to share your information. Between 2001 and 2011, the number of doctors using an EHR system grew about 57%, making it easier for you and all of your doctors to coordinate your care, and often reducing the chance of medical errors. Where are electronic health records headed? HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently posted a new infographic discussing how Electronic Health Records (EHRs) connect consumers and their health care providers.  In this Infographic, view the history of EHRs and see how they may improve your health and healthcare in the future.

Here are some key highlights of the Electronic Health Records: How They Connect to You and Your Doctors Infographic:

  • Doctor’s use of EHRs has increased from 18% in 2001 to 57% in 2011.
  • 80% of American who have access to their health information in EHRs use it.
  • 2 out of 3 people would consider switching to a doctor who offers secure access to medical records.
  • 65% of Americans who don’t have access to EHRs say it’s important to have it.

View the Electronic Health Records: How They Connect to You and Your Doctors Infographic now!

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