Health IT Infographic: Evolution of the Electronic Health Record

I’m a huge fan of infographics. I think they provide simple and very easy to understand explanations of often difficult to comprehend subjects, like health IT. The following health IT infographic shows the evolution of the electronic health record since 2009 when they really started to gain attention. One of the things I particularly like about this image is that it defines the difference between EMRs and EHRs, something that is often confused, which is a huge pet peeve of mine.

What’s somewhat interesting about the information here, too, is that large, teaching hospitals utilize EHRs more than other organizations. Ironically, in the past, it’s been reported and much discussed that teaching hospitals don’t actually spend much time teaching student how the use the electronic health records.

Also, the bigger the practice, the more likely they are to have an EHR. This suggests that size does matter.

There’s some other good info buried in the following piece. Take a look; I look forward to your feedback.

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UC Berkeley: Electronic Health Records and the Data of Healthcare

The following is a fascinating infographic from UC Berkeley School of Information highlighting, very nicely, the information contained in an EHR; the difference between an EMR and an EHR; top specialties to adopt electronic health records, as well as top (and not top) states to adopt the technology.

The information here clearly speaks for itself. According to Berkeley’s School of Information, “data science holds great promise for patient health, but patient data is only actionable in so far as it is digital. This is where EHRs come in. By 2019, the majority of physicians will have adopted a basic EHR system, and with good reason, too. EHRs may reduce outpatient care costs by 3 percent.

This “Electronic Health Records & the Data of Health Care” infographic from datascience@berkeley explores the health data revolution; if nothing else, I thought it was worth a share.

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