With growth spurred by recent federal efforts, electronic health records (EHRs) are transforming the practice of medicine and have important implications for pathologists, their laboratories, and the patients they serve. Beyond new EHR-related regulatory requirements, EHRs fundamentally alter the way clinicians interact with laboratory information, including test order entry and result reviewing. This article is the first in a series of 5 related articles whose goal is to provide a "framework" for empowering pathologists to adapt to, and to succeed in, the era of expanding EHR use. This series aims to describe the environment for EHR uptake, to raise awareness of EHR-related issues that pathologists and laboratories face, and to explore new professional roles for pathologists as stewards of patients' laboratory information in EHRs.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Medical Laboratory Technology