Electronic health records have made life a lot easier for hospice physician Kate Christenson. But more importantly, they have given her more time with her patients.
As a physician working with end-of-life patients, Christenson frequently needs to examine her clients’ extensive medical histories. “If I had to be thumbing through a thick-thick chart to look back on their records over the years, it would take all day,” the Kaiser Permanente doctor who also acts as medical director for the carrier’s internet services group says.
Time for change
Technology has revolutionized virtually every other industry, and it’s only a matter of time until the health care world fully embraces it, experts say.
Though there still are wrinkles with EHRs—as is the case with all early technology—there are a lot of positive factors that make the whole process easier for everyone involved, experts say.