Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records

Olga Galani (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece) and Ageliki Nikiforou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-982-3.ch001
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The electronic health record is a means of organizing patient data making profound use of the advances in the field of information technology. Its purpose is to fulfill the various needs for information not only of patients and healthcare providers but also of other beneficiaries. The implementation of EHR systems in healthcare organizations is very complex and involves many parameters. This article is about the challenges faced by those undertaking such a task and about the potential benefits from a successful implementation.

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