If you’re the primary caregiver for a family member or loved one, ensuring that you have access to their electronic health record (EHR) can help you better manage their care. Let’s explore a few of the benefits of using an electronic health record.
What is an Electronic Health Record (EHR)?
An EHR is a real-time, digital version of a traditional paper medical chart. It can contain medical history, diagnoses, medications, treatment plans, immunization dates, allergies, radiology images, and test results.
Everything about a patient’s health is in one place so that information is instantly and securely accessible for all of a patient’s healthcare providers.
Easily Contact Primary Care Provider
As you’re assisting your loved one with their health journey, their level of care, medical needs, and number of appointments are likely to increase. Remaining in contact with their primary care provider is the best way to ensure that you’re updated on their current medical conditions and needs.
An EHR is an easy and consistent way for all parties to easily access the information needed to make decisions and better understand your loved one’s current needs. It can even be set up to automatically contact their doctor if they receive emergency treatment.
View Their Prescriptions
The number of medications prescribed to seniors often increases with age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34.5% of American seniors ages 60-79 use five or more prescription medications. This trend has a name—polypharmacy—and it also occurs when someone may be taking more medications than they need to manage their medical concerns. Polypharmacy can lead to adverse drug reactions, and these reactions can be mistaken for another health condition that requires more prescription medication management. Since many seniors use more than one pharmacy, the risk of medication error is high.
An EHR allows you to easily access a full list of the medications your loved one is currently taking to help decrease the risk of medication error. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post on polypharmacy, creating awareness, and learning to navigate prescription medications safely.
Improve Care Coordination
EHRs lessen the fragmentation of care that many seniors typically receive. If your loved one is seeing multiple specialists, getting treatment in emergency settings, or transitioning between care environments, it can be difficult to ensure that all of the necessary information is being communicated.
With an EHR, care providers have accurate and updated information that can lower medical errors and redundant testing, leading to higher quality care and improved outcomes for your loved one. Sana Behavioral Hospital in Prescott, AZ is a welcoming facility for those who are struggling with mental health disorders and need a safe space. Get in touch by calling 928-227-3424 for more information.