Virtually everything on planet earth is subject to life cycles. Plants, animals, insects, people, products, services – you name it, there is generally a cycle that marks the beginning, growth, zenith, decline and end of the subject at hand.
Healthcare technology is no exception. Electronic Health Records (EHR) crawled out of early computer digital soup and took their first steps in clinics nearly 50 years ago. These early systems – primitive by today’s standards – were limited in scope and function and would face many challenges in evolving to be genuinely useful tools in the hands of busy healthcare professionals.Over the years, advances in technology, workflow science and patient interaction have allowed EHR systems to mature into powerful, convenient and productive tools that aid care delivery, decision making, research, and business productivity and profitability.
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