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What are the various functions of medical records and which functions would benefit from an electronic health record?

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The functions of a medical records department include maintaining patient records, transcription, release of information, coding and billing, and receiving and storing patient information. 

The electronic health record (EHR) would benefit all of these functions.  The EHR makes the storing and maintaining of patient records easier and more cost effective.  Reports can be transcribed directly into the health record, rather than on paper.  Release of information requests can also be electronically stored for future reference.  Coding and billing also may be conducted in the EHR system and fewer errors may occur.  EHR also allows providers to send information between different organizations easily and efficiently, while also protecting patient information. 

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