National Electronic Health Record Bill

The adoption of technology in healthcare delivery has ushered in innovations that are improving the quality of care and providing solutions to life-threatening conditions. Health records of patients have become an integral part of care delivery. Digitisation of the records has created ease and efficiency compared to the limitations imposed by paper records. Electronic health records are the digital version of orthodox paper records. Electronic health records have the capability to improve the quality of healthcare services, reduce medical errors, and create a more efficient use of time. "It can accurately capture the state of the patient at different stages and facilitate access to the entire patient history at an instant.”

It enables healthcare providers to treat patients more accurately by sharing all available health data on a patient. Access to health records is beneficial as it could provide valuable data on diagnoses or required medication. Electronic health records help with time management, security of records, ease of retrieval of records, statistical summaries, and the presentation of clinic records. It provides a comprehensive view of the patient, better coordination of care, easier information sharing among care providers, increased productivity and efficiency, and personalisation of care.4 Besides, it makes data available for research to develop life-changing solutions to life-threatening diseases. The traditional system of storing health records makes storing and retrieving.