The History of Electronic Health Records (EHR)
October 12, 2011 3 Comments
By Matthew Kopetsky
Hippocrates mandated the first known medical records in the fifth centry B.C. so that records could be passed on to other physicians. 2400 years later, medical records went digital. Today, the Electronic Health Records (EHR) market is very complex (the Electronic Medical Records [EMR] market even more so). On a regular basis I try to help the Health Systems that I work with to determine if their current system is effective enough and which software program can provide their operational silver bullet. How did we get here? To better answer this question, I created the following timeline, summarizing the humble, yet revolutionary, beginnings of Electronic Health Records.
|Readers: If EMRs have been around since the 60’s, why is it taking so long to fully integrate electronic health information management into the care environment?|