Electronic Health Record

Family Medicine of Port Angeles was the first primary care clinic on the North Olympic Peninsula to adopt an Electronic Health Record (EHR), and as NOHN, we remain an innovator in this area.

How is an EHR different from a paper chart?

An EHR is not merely a record and repository of your health information. It has the following unique features, which generate improvements in health care quality.

  • Accessible: No more lost or inaccessible records. Your record is available to your doctor in the clinic exam room, the emergency room, or wherever your health information is needed to take care of you.
  • Portable: If you become ill while traveling, your health information can be sent to where it is needed at the speed of light.
  • Searchable: The EHR allows your doctor to be proactive when providing your health care. For example, how does your doctor know which patients are due for their flu shot and which of them are at highest risk? The EHR can be searched easily to provide a list of patients and the health issues, which make them vulnerable to influenza.
  • Active Decision Support: When your doctor writes a prescription, the EHR automatically checks for allergies and potential interactions with other medications.
  • Active Clinical Support: The EHR tells your doctor not only what preventive measures you have had, but also, what you need. Based upon your unique health history, age, and gender, the EHR makes timely reminders of which health and preventive services might improve your health.