The promise of electronic health record (EHR) software goes beyond digitizing paper-based medical records. If done right, EHR software installation can help you improve care quality, eliminate human errors, and enhance the patient experience. Of course, with technology and innovation comes the effort to understand and adopt it. Let’s understand the fundamental concept of EHR systems and what makes them indispensable to a practice’s growth. What is EHR Software? It is computer software that gathers, stores, and shares medical information in a structured manner among authorized parties involved in the patient’s care including providers, pharmacies, labs, nursing homes, emergency facilities, and patients themselves. Though the prototype appeared almost 50 years ago, EHR systems started gaining traction ten years ago, even before regulations like Meaningful Use and PQRS motivated providers to adopt EHR software. Critical Functions of EHR Software The EHR software market is flooded with options, and providers are overwhelmed with the range of features and functionalities offered by each one of them. However, there’s a set of standard functions that almost every EHR software is expected to perform, regardless of the size or specialty of healthcare practice.

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