Assignment: Electronic Health Records

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HIT 170 Week 4 Assignment | Electronic Health Records (EHR) Report | DeVry University | | Brian Tran | 3/28/2015 | Soon, our organization will transition from the current health records system to an Electronic Health System. Thus, it’s important to understand the transition to the new system, its advantages, security measures, and the impacts that we might face during the transition on HIM processes. | As many of you have already realized of how digital technology has radically transformed and enriched our daily lives like communication & information - smart phones, computer, and the internet. Soon, the digital technology will help our health records system to be transformed into a system called “Electronic Health Records”…show more content…
First, health care quality and convenience would improve for both providers and patients. Because the availability to patient health information will be a virtually instant, providers will enjoy the timeliness in acquiring the information they need to make a decision. With EHRs, there is a system that provide the providers with supporting their decision making process with more accuracy and completeness in the information. For patients, they will have an easier access to their health records or other health information as well reducing filling the duplicate forms for care. Hopefully, there should be an increase in patient participation that will improve their health. In terms of medical errors & improving patient outcomes, EHRs system is a great solution in improving disease diagnosis ability and mitigating medical errors. It’s reported that 94% of providers had report that their EHR do have records readily available at point of care, as well as 88% report that their EHR provides clinical benefits 6. In addition, medical practice efficiencies & cost savings are also the reason why we are switching to EHRs system. Reducing transcription costs, chart uses, re-filing, medical errors, and errors of reimbursement codes are just a few benefits that we are expecting to see once the new system is ready: 79% of providers report that with an EHR, more…show more content…
Thankfully, the HIPAA Standards for Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information, the Security Rule, has provided us with information that will ensure the security in our system. Simply put, our organization can provide security by developing administrative, physical and technical safeguards 2. Administrative safeguards’ purposes are giving the PHI needed security, privacy, and confidentiality which are requirements by HIPAA Privacy Rule & Security Rule 2. Some of these are creating and conducting risk assessment with a risk management program, obtain IT systems & services, and meaningful use requirements. In the “Physical Safeguards”, they focus on the physical protection of hardware and facilities that house PHI. Facility access controls and workstation security are examples of physical safeguards. In the “Technical Safeguards”, they are to protect the PHI by having security built inside the system as well as having the ability of access control. Thus our organizations shall implement procedure and policies that would address access control, audit control, integrity, authentication, and transmission security in the network. Technical safeguards are very important because anything that is online or in a network is vulnerable to unauthorized access and illegal disclosure, and it’s our duty to protect our patients’ privacy

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