Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Patient Work Information

Doctor on electronic device

Electronic health records (EHRs) have replaced paper medical records in most medical environments, but EHRs typically do not contain information about a patient’s work history.

Work history is considered a social determinant of health (SDOH). Including patient work history in EHRs and other health information systems can help healthcare providers and related organizations to:

  • Determine the most appropriate healthcare for their patients.
  • Identify groups of patients who may be at risk for harmful exposures or health problems.
  • Recognize patients who may benefit from specific interventions to reduce risk of injury or illness or improve health.
  • Identify opportunities for illness and injury prevention and health promotion.

NIOSH develops tools and explores best practices that support work information in EHRs. NIOSH also collaborates with federal, state and other partners to ensure that EHRs can be used to improve and track the health of workers.

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Page last reviewed: March 3, 2020, 12:00 AM