Universal Centralized Electronic Health Records
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Healthcare technology is lacking in the United States. Antiquated record keeping has lead to flawed and inadequate treatments. Additionally, there is substantial danger in a patient’s healthcare providers lacking the ability to collaborate in an approach to treatment. Healthcare providers run the risk of prescribing drugs that interact negatively which could be dangerous.
This country should require all healthcare providers utilize a centralized, electronic health record for all patients. All healthcare providers should have access and be required to upload medical records for patients. Each patient should have a unique identifier, such as social security number, which will instantly link the provider to a comprehensive health record with all vitals, labs, prescribed medications, health conditions and office visits. This record should exist for the patient’s lifetime and be available to all providers, including emergency departments.
The time for this is now. With an increased focus on prescription drug controversy, it is important for all providers to have full transparency and the advantage of a comprehensive picture into their patient’s health. The benefit would be phenomenal.
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