Electronic Health Records

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Phase4HInfo Name: Institution: Electronic health records have become a better means of recording patients’ information. However, in most cases the transition from paper records to electronic health records is not easy. There are advantages as well as disadvantages of electronic recording. Advantages include: It is cost saving: many costs are averted due to efficiencies by having patients’ records electronically. These include increased utilization of tests, reduction in the staff resources devoted to patients management reduced costs relating to supplies needed to maintain paper files, decreased transcription costs, and the costs relating to chart pull. Electronic health records save space. Instead of using huge paper files on patients, all records are kept on computer files. Therefore, it reduces the physical space which these paper files would have been stored. Another advantage is the accessibility of the records. Information can be accessed by the physicians remotely. It is easier to send electronic records from one doctor’s office to another. This is useful when a patient has to visit more than physician in the same hospital; one won’t have to wait long for their records to be transferred’ Electronic Health Records reduces the likelihood of errors. This is because there would be no illegible handwritings or spelling mistakes. This will also help doctors to defend themselves in case of malpractice claims because patients’ information is readily available and cannot be misinterpreted by illegible handwriting or spelling errors. It is more accurate to capture financial data using electronic records. There would not be cases of lost receipts. Once patients’ health data is available to providers, electronic health records facilitate sharing of information. This will create much efficiency in delivery of health care. By allowing for the secure and

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