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Electronic Health Records: Where They Are Now and Where They Need to Be

Electronic Health Records: Where They Are Now and Where They Need to Be
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Author(s): Henry R. Glennie (Medilink Australia, Australia)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 33
Source title: Clinical Costing Techniques and Analysis in Modern Healthcare Systems
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ronald Ma (Austin Health, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5082-2.ch004

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Abstract

The physician often spends far more time gazing at the screen than at the person who has made the appointment. The patient has booked with the expectation their illness or accident will receive undivided attention. Immediately there is a problem, both for the doctor and the patient. Careful medical record-keeping is one of the most important duties of a clinician. How else can a patient's history be documented, the clinical findings recorded, the provisional diagnosis entered, and the chosen treatment pathway defined? But how does the doctor maintain confidence-giving eye contact whilst doing all this? The 19th century physician, as exemplified by the famous painting of “The Doctor” by Luke Fildes in 1891, typifies the devotion to care exhibited by the committed physician. The actuality is that today's physicians display equal amounts of dedication to their work; the difference in 1891 was that there was very little available to treat the great majority of illnesses. EHR, if used to its potential, is the means of pulling all this data together and getting it right every time!

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