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What are the administrative support advantages to using the EHR?

Implementing the EHR may significantly reduce costs compared to using paper and paper-based processes as well as reduce or eliminate data entry backlogs. The EHR offers authorized users secure and immediate access to information from multiple locations. The improvements in quality of care and patient safety have the potential to significantly reduce risk and risk management-related activities, and costs. In addition, as users become more familiar with the EHR and its capabilities, productivity may also increase due to less time spent on slower, paper-based activities, such as tracking down clarification of handwritten orders and notes and misplaced paper charts, as well as time saved on faster order and results notifications.