Electronic Health Record

The general purpose of the project

Electronic Health Record has been created and implemented as a part of the health information system, and as the result of the project the following improvements will occur:

The quality and efficiency of health services will be increased

Based on the information gathered with EHR it should be possible to provide health services essentially faster and with better quality. The digital presentation of data is a prerequisite for creating a modern and functional system that considers the current requirements of health record, cost accounting, and medical statistics. The statistics gathered must provide an opportunity to more precisely plan and direct the work of the health care field.

Patient services will be better, faster, and more competent

Patient will receive significantly better, faster, and more competent medical services because the attending doctor will have quick access to patient’s complete health information. The quality of medical services will improve as well as become friendlier for the patient, i.e. the tax payer. Patients’ medical records will be gathered into one central database that is accessible for the doctors. As a result, treatment of patients will become more authentic and objective. The health service waiting lists will get shorter because the electronic information exchange will decrease the number of unnecessary appointments (prescription refills, duplicate lab tests and screenings, using the patient as a courier to make inquiries about getting an appointment with a specialist). Because of the possibility of the electronic information exchange between the patient and the doctor, there will be some services that can be taken out of the context of hospitals and medical institutions (i.e. increasing the proportion of home care and patients’ health related knowledge, more opportunities to prevent health related problems, etc.).

Patients will be more informed

Patient will have a comprehensive overview of how their medical records are used by medical institutions, by the state as well as by other EHR participants.

Medical statistics will improve

Gathering of medical statistics will become essentially faster, the statistics will be more comprehensive and accurate, and easier to use, and as a result of this the planning and administration of health care will be improved. The gathering of statistics will be integrated with different statistical registers that already exist or that are still being created. This will allow for a complete and realistic overview of the patients’ health records, making it possible to find out systematic problems (applied research, etc.), and to compile more objective statistics.

There will be less paperwork

Work load of doctors will be significantly reduced because large volumes of paperwork will be eliminated. Doctors will be better informed of patients’ health status, and they will have more time to focus on each patient. The amount of bureaucratic paperwork will be decreased in the doctor’s work process allowing them to use their time more efficiently. Also, there will be savings on costs due to the ability to avoid the occurrence of duplicate lab tests, screenings, etc. Considering the long-term perspective, the increase in the quality and efficiency of care will allow for significant savings on time and financial resources with an end result of having more resources available for treatment of more patients and finding cures for more diseases.