Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, recently released a policy statement in which officials from the organization state that they support advances in health informatics. Specifically, the academy praises the use of electronic health records (EHRs) for pediatric care.
Officials from the academy say that using EHRs provides many benefits to workers in the industry. For example, it keeps records organized so that when a patient switches between healthcare providers or institutions, data is not lost and can be easily transferred.
Additionally, officials state that using EHRs can make it more efficient and affordable for patients to receive quality care. If multiple healthcare professionals have easy access to people’s records, it will avoid unnecessary and duplicate lab work, imaging studies and other tests.
Many other healthcare professionals see the value of using EHRs in their practice. According to a recent study by Sage Healthcare Division, about 62 percent of physicians said they view the technology positively. Additionally, 81 percent of patients said they see the benefits of using EHRs.