In the past, physicians marked the location of a patient’s pain by drawing an “ X” on a picture of a body. With the advantage of EHRs, what are they now able to do?
Electronic health records allow for enhanced documentation and tracking of patient's pain. Clinicians can pinpoint a specific location on the body. Additionally, EHRs allow for medical clinicians to track the severity of pain, the quality of pain (for example, stabbing or burning), and the history of the pain over time. The EHRs allow clinicians at multiple locations to easily view a patient's records of pain, and how it has changed over time or in response to different treatment modalities.