EHRs will be used in the fight against Ebola

EHRs will be used in the fight against Ebola

As the fight against Ebola continues, electronic health records will be used to help keep track of patient records, and hopefully improve quality and magnitude of care. 

According to Time magazine, Ebola clinics in West Africa are currently using a variety of methods – many outdated or ineffective – to keep track of information. In addition to keeping notes on paper, everything from erasable white boards to sheer memorization are being relied on to store important medical data. The International Rescue Committee, a group devoted to handling crises, will be providing the technology. 

Fierce EMR reported that the systems will be implemented starting Dec. 15 in Monrovia. Not only will physicians have the benefit of safely keeping records online, they will be provided with waterproof tablets that will allow them to access or alter this data on the go. The EHRs will also be updated with important information about Ebola care – from symptoms to drug doses – in an effort to support ongoing medical education initiatives for affected areas. 

"We think this has the potential to really change not only how quality and safety is addressed in an Ebola situation, but it can also be adapted to any health care situation," Wilson Wang, Ph.D., a senior clinical advisor for IRC's Ebola response, told Time.