August 30, 2011
I recently provided an overview of electronic health records (EHRs) to a new college graduate considering employment in the field. I described how access to clinical information at the right time significantly contributes to patient safety. I highlighted how clinicians can simplify their workflow by building personalized templates among care plans, order sets and notes, which they easily customize to each patient. I outlined the great advancements that can be made by querying the information for research sake. Most of all, however, I emphasized how exciting it is to be able to empower health care providers with use of the electronic health record during an unprecedented time of growth. Several regulatory initiatives will greatly accelerate responsible sharing and deeper use of information collected within the record. While I mentored my young friend on each of the upcoming initiatives, I stressed the importance of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS.
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