Administrative burdens significantly reduce the amount of time physicians spend providing care to patients. That’s why Karen Smith, M.D., a solo practice physician in Raeford, N.C., was an early adopter of electronic health records (EHR) that allow authorized users instant access to patient records.
Before implementing EHR, it took 30 minutes for Smith to transmit an EKG to a hospital ER for a patient with chest pain. That same EKG is now delivered in 30 seconds, allowing faster decision making and more-effective, higher-quality care for patients.
The system allows Smith to provide more efficient and personalized care to patients, reduces her administrative workload and enables patients to actively participate in their personal care.