by Rutvik Joglekar, July 8th, 2013
Technology, in the same way that it has altered the way we live, continues to revolutionize medicine; but rather than only focusing on medical equipment used for the treatment of diseases, we must explore technology utilized in the sphere of preventive medicine as well.
Traditionally when people think of healthcare, the first thing that comes to mind is treatment for a specific condition. Most people, for example, only visit their physician when they get sick or they are required to go. Even further, these same individuals take medicine only when they have to do so. As is often the case, treatment can be quite expensive.
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Electronic health record (EHR) is a computerized patient-centric history of an individual's health care record that includes data from the multiple sources of care that the patient has used. Generally, EHR refers to the combination of the medical record created by the medical care system and personal health information. Because they are interoperable (can be accessed across networks by computers using a variety of operating systems and software), they can be accessed at any authorized point of care.