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5 Reasons to Love Electronic Health Records

Electronic health records can help protect your health and improve your experience at the doctor:

  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 and the statewide health information exchange, CurrentCare, can help provide important information on your medical history. See below for more information on CurrentCare.
  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, both in cost and time.
  4. EHRs can identify drug interactions.
    If your doctor prescribes a new medication that could interact with a medication you’re currently taking (even one prescribed by another doctor), 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 authorized 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
  • Test results from diagnostic imaging facilities (such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans)
  • Summaries of office visits
  • Prescription drug records
  • Hospitalizations

It’s free to sign up!