Electronic Health Record Analysis

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Electronic Health Records Professor Dixie In 2004 the Bush administration established the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to establish EHR for all Americans by the year 2014. President Obama continued with the effort pledging 10 billion dollars over the next five years. EHR is defined by the US Department of Health And Human Services as a digital collection of patient’s medical history and could include items such as diagnosed medical conditions, prescribed medications, vital signs, immunizations, lab results and personal characteristics like age and weight. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society states that EHR is a longitudinal electronic record of patients health information…show more content…
Results reporting, Data repository, Decision reporting, clinical documentation and order reporting are the other components of EHR. There are numerous benefits in implementing the EHR system. James Silcone in the article Eye on EHR writes that since his group practice has transitions from paper 5 years ago to reduce the inefficiencies of paper record, he has seen a profound impact on patient care. He states that he now has 24/7 access to patient critical patient information, with the help EHR if one his patients run out of medication he can now check labs and other critical information needed to reorder the medication. Before EHR he would have to wait one to two days for the results of lab work. Silcone writes that he has better Data which leads to better decision making. Using the example of one of his patients who has glaucoma, he now has automated flow sheets that have a current complete of the patient’s disease progression and the impact of therapeutic interventions over time as opposed to having his staff copy test performed and other critical information. He points out in his busy practice sometimes data are not transferred leaving him to repeat or miss critical tests…show more content…
Records would have remained intact if there had been EHR system. I think of my son who was born in Brooklyn in1995. I went Obgyn for nine months, then to the hospital for his birth. Then to the pediatrian until we moved to Maryland. His now has records at the Obyn, at the hospital and at the Pediatrician. How much easier and safer it would be if all his records would have been in one place. There are several concerns that must be addressed before the implementation of any EHR system. Healthcare providers have to go through varies stages when transitioning to a fully functional EHR system. Stage 0 where only one or two of clinical system is installed to stage 7 where the healthcare provider has a fully functional EHR system. Cost seems to be a major issue when healthcare providers are transitioning to EHR system. There is a need to have functional and national standards, Hebda notes that EHR needs both clinical and technical standards. Lack of vocabulary standards is also an issue. Cost seems to be another impediment to the implementation of the system. An article in the Medical Records Briefing notes that several surveys and roundtable discussions showed that (59% )of respondents said that available funding was the most significant barrier to widespread EHR adoption.(62%) stated lack of national information standards and code sets,(51%) were concern about physician
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