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The Evolution of the Electronic Health Record

Susan Doyle-Lindrud

electronic health record, medical records, patients
CJON 2015, 19(2), 153-154. DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.153-154

Medical records have changed dramatically because of the development of the electronic health record. The federal government has promoted the electronic health record through incentives programs. However, obstacles remain with regard to standardization, interoperability, time-consuming data entry, and security issues.

At a Glance

  • The electronic health record (EHR) has undergone transformational change since its introduction and the transition from written medical records.
  • Data-sharing challenges across settings still exist, and healthcare providers cite this as an issue.
  • A need exists to increase standardization and security of the EHR.
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