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An Overview on EHR systems in BRIC Nations

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by Harsh Parikh
17 December 2014

Electronic health records (EHR) are gradually replacing conventional paper based health records. It acts as a working instrument for physicians which can significantly reduce the time spent on paper work as well as it allows� �patients access information. EHR is also used as a tool in clinical trials resulting in an increased demand. The developed nations like US, UK have developed and efficient EHR systems. The EHR markets of developing nations like BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are in a budding stage to establish a better healthcare system. These developing markets are fruitful targets for EHR vendors in coming 5 years. Introduction Electronic health records (EHR) are systematic collection of health information about an individual patient or population in digital format. EHRs may include a range of data, including demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, radiology images, vital signs, personal statistics like age and weight, and billing information. EHR is shared across different health care sector by network-connected, enterprise-wide information systems and other information networks or exchanges. EHR maintains Patient's health records accurately and promptly, thereby assists healthcare practitioners in decision making, leading to improved quality of healthcare. EHR will assist in proper maintenance of various statistics promptly and accurately E.g. Morbidity, mortality etc. EHR will eliminate Space problems associated with the storage of paper medical records.   Author: Harsh Parikh

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