Improving Health Outcomes for Children in Foster Care: The Role of Electronic Record Systems

Improving Health Outcomes for Children in Foster Care: The Role of Electronic Record Systems

This issue brief describes how Electronic Record Systems (ERS) – electronic health records, personal health records, and similar technology solutions that facilitate the management, sharing, and use of information – can benefit children in foster care, and the systems that serve them. The brief profiles state and local ERS efforts for the foster care population, highlighting early evidence of the efforts’ impact and outlining lessons- learned. It also provides recommendations for actions to expand the reach of ERSs to benefit greater numbers of children in foster care and, potentially, other children and families.

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