Exploring Strategies for Enhancing Electronic Health Records and Reducing Disparities in Healthcare Delivery
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Introduction: Electronic health records (EHR) are integral to patient- physician communication. EHR systems facilitate electronic exchange of patient health information and capture medical history. Problem: Communication is a persistent barrier in healthcare settings, particularly for minority patients. EHR systems do not account for patient preferences, values, and beliefs. This creates a disconnect between patients and providers, leading to patient dissatisfaction with the quality and consistency of care. Objective: Explore strategies to standardize and improve EHR systems to reduce patient-provider discordance and improve care for all patients.