10 Things You Need to Know About the Future of Electronic Health Records
The use of paper charts to track patient health and demographic information (the first recorded versions of which date back to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and papyri between 3,000 and 1,600 B.C.) have all but been replaced in the last 30 years with electronic health records (EHRs). In technology terms, 30 years is a relatively long time. Three decades ago, we were accessing the internet through phone lines and getting CDs in the mail to try out AOL web browsers.
Despite that long history, EHRs have been slow to keep up with the pace of other technological advancements, but that is likely to change in the coming decade.