5 Reasons to Love Electronic Health Records

 

Since 2009, Blue Cross has contributed more than $500,000 to help primary care providers and community health centers implement electronic health records (EHRs). Here’s how EHRs can help you:

  1. You fill out less paperwork. EHRs make it easier for your doctors to access and share information. That means you spend less time writing down every detail of your medical history.
  2. EHRs provide life-saving information in an emergency. If you’re rushed to the hospital, electronic health records can help provide important information on your medical history.
  3. You can save money by avoiding unneeded tests. Does this sound familiar? You have a medical test done by one doctor, who then sends you to another doctor. The second doctor runs the same test as the first doctor. You pay twice because the results weren’t shared between the doctors. And those repeated tests can add up. The cost of one MRI scan is $927*!
  4. EHRs can identify drug interactions. If your doctor prescribes a new medication that could interact with a medication you’re currently taking, the EHR will flag that interaction for the doctor.
  5. Less information falls through the cracks. If your doctor recommends that you get a cholesterol screening and you never go for the blood test, the EHR will show that the test was never done. The doctor can then remind you to get that important screening.

Sign Up for CurrentCare
CurrentCare is Rhode Island’s Health Information Exchange, a secure electronic network that gives doctors and other healthcare providers access to patients’ most up-to-date health information. This helps you receive the best possible care. The medical information in CurrentCare includes test results from medical labs, prescription drug records, and hospitalizations. It’s free to sign up!

At Blue Cross, we believe so strongly in the importance of CurrentCare that we’ve made a significant financial commitment over several years to support it. This great resource is contributing to the coordination of care across the state.

*Source: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island claims data