Declaration of interest J.R. has received sponsorship to attend conferences from pharmaceutical and publishing companies. This article is based on work submitted for an MSc dissertation. J.M. has carried out paid consultancy work for a number of health IT system suppliers and is currently a director of the Open Source Software Foundation Community Interest Company.
The move to a digital health service may improve some components of health systems: information, communication and documentation of care. This article gives a brief definition and history of what is meant by an electronic health record (EHR). There is some evidence of benefits in a number of areas, including legibility, accuracy and the secondary use of information, but there is a need for further research, which may need to use different methodologies to analyse the impact an EHR has on patients, professionals and providers.
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