Health Data Management spoke with a broad mix of electronic health vendors to understand the benefits and potential pitfalls of leveraging EHRs for screening suspected Ebola patients.

Mark Segal, vice president of government and industry affairs for GE Healthcare IT, emphasizes that while Ebola is currently a “critical public health issue” EHRs are “really designed to be general purpose tools that can be used for a range of healthcare needs.” At the same time, Segal argues that an EHR system can be customized to “meet the particular needs for Ebola” and to “enable workflows that a hospital may want to put in place.”

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