Electronic health records make it possible for health care providers to manage your care better through secure use and sharing of health information. EHR makes going to the doctor so much better because of the efficiency of the program and the amount of time a physician can spend with you. Hospitals that use EHR have a three to four percent lower mortality rate than those that do not. The EHR provides a central location of a patient’s medical history, therefore physicians can access the information easier and quicker with will prevent errors. The EHR has many advantages.
Electronic Medical Records 1 Running Head: EMR’S AND NURSING EFFICIENCY Electronic Medical Records and Nursing Efficiency Fatuma Abdullahi, Phuong Doan, Cheryl Edwards, June Kim, and Lori Thompson July 22, 2009 HSM 5003 Management of Health Service Organizations Texas Woman’s University Electronic Medical Records 2 Introduction Across our nation healthcare organizations are beginning to implement electronic medical records. Electronic medical records (EMRs) are computerized medical records that are taking the place of paper medical records, which have been the standard of clinical documentation for centuries. The advantages of an EMR are many, such as the consolidation of patient medical information into a single record across the healthcare continuum (Robles, 2009). Further, evidence demonstrates that EMRs improve the quality of patient care by improving legibility, enhancing communication among caregivers, decreasing medication errors and improving clinical work flows as well as billing processes (Robles, 2009). In addition to improving quality, evidence also supports that EMRs save physicians time and reduce costs for ambulatory practices (O’Neill, 2007).
These are both huge advantages in a fast paced industry however; electronic medical record keeping seems to have more advantages to the industry. Using the electronic method, companies are able to have multiple users of the system, the software used is able to prevent errors from being made, the records and data are more easily accessed, and the software is available quickly in any situation, which comes in handy in emergency situations, it takes up less storage, documentation is legible, and the company is able to keep track of medication use (Administrative Medical Assisting). Although both ways of keeping records has been proven to work in the healthcare industry, electronic methods have proven to be more successful. With advantages comes disadvantages and both manual record keeping and electronic record keeping have disadvantages as well. Some disadvantages of manual record keeping include; only being able to be used by one person at a time, easier to misplace, more storage space is required for paperwork and errors or more likely to occur to do misprints and bad writing (Administrative Medical Assisting).
1.) Define each of four main areas of IT healthcare system applications. The four main areas of IT healthcare system applications are: • Clinical information systems • Administrative information systems • Decision support systems • Internet and e-health 2.) Summarize the impact of medical technology in each of the following areas and give examples: o Quality of care: : Quality of care is enhanced only when novel processes can avoid or postponement the inception of serious ailment, provide better analysis, making faster and additional comprehensive cures possible, intensification safety of medicinal treatment, minimalize disagreeable side effects, promote sooner recovery from operation, intensification life expectancy, and add to quality of life. o Quality of life: Quality of life indicates a patient’s overall approval with life throughout medical treatment.
Benefits and Challenges of New Age Healthcare Record Keeping Britannia Smith Walden University Benefits and Challenges of New Age Healthcare Record Keeping After completing reading materials and research information my beliefs and support of an electronic health record system (EHRs) is further strengthened. This support includes the use of personal health records (PHR) and electronic medical records (EMR) to provide quality care. There are many similarities with each of these systems and a few differences, but it is clear to me that all of these combined are the future of organized and efficient patient record keeping at its best (Englebardt & Nelson, 2002). Electronic Health Record (EHR) Electronic health record (EHR) is an integration of personal and medical records from multiple sources which allows for improve care and outcome (Thomas, 2009). It is composed of multiple sources that aid in decision support to provide ongoing care.
Impact of Technology in Healthcare Delivery Technology makes the world go round and it comes as no shock that it continues to have a major impact on how healthcare is delivered in the U.S. Hospitals depend on many different types of technology to allow them to be able to function daily. One example would be information technology. About 10 years ago, most hospital records were kept in files and folders in cabinets. But over the years there has been a shift to information technology.
Notions of apprehension and fear of a paperless system is brought to the fore front by those who are deemed to commission the latest and greatest EMR technology. Medical Record Security State laws are specific on the access to patient’s records to only those authorized to do so. A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public's health and well being. The Rule strikes a balance that permits important uses of information, while protecting the privacy of people who seek care and healing. What information should be protected, How to deter security as well as how to keep this organization patient’s records safe.
What are the business and social benefits of digitizing medical record keeping? Digitizing medical record keeping can improve the efficiency of storing records, it can also reduce medical errors and improve care, create less paperwork, and provide quicker service. Are electronic medical record systems a good solution to the problem of rising health care costs in the United States? Explain
Electronic Medical records contain a range of data including, billing information, demographics, age and weight, medical histories, vital signs, medication, allergies, immunization, radiology images, and lab results. It is a complete patient record that allows streamlining and automation in the health care setting. Electronic medical Records increase safety through, evidence based decision support, outcomes in reporting, and in quality management. Electronic Medical Records have made a huge impact on the health care field. By moving patient records to computerized system it has improved efficiencies for patients, health