Electronic Health Records; Pros Anc Cons

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Electronic Health Records; Pros and Cons Desiree Steinbach Rasmussen Online Author Note This assignment is being submitted to Dr. Carol Patton’s NUR3508 Section 01 Quality and Safety in Nursing Practice - Summer 2012 Electronic Health Records; Pros and Cons Electronic Health Records (E.H.R.) first came into existence in 1967 at the University of Vermont and Utah’s Latter Day Saints Hospital. A physician named Lawrence Weed “described a system to automate and reorganize patient medical records to enhance their utilization and thereby lead to improved patient care” (Pinkerton, 2005, p.1). The E.H.R. has progressively been implemented into many aspects of the healthcare systems such as family practice, ambulatory surgery centers, pediatrics, urgent cares, and hospitals. The electronic health record has more benefits than problems, yet there is resistance to a national electronic health record. The benefits to electronic health records are to improve “the efficiency of health care and the speed of communication, access to up-to-date information about patients, and the improvements in the quality of care such as the prevention of medical errors” (Benefits and problems of electronic information exchange as perceived by health care professionals: an interview study, 2011, p.4). The E.H.R. has been used to provide pertinent patient information to family physicians from cardiologists, physical therapists, emergency rooms and hospitals and vice versa. The problems of electric health record keeping are mainly due to privacy. In the healthcare system, there are many individuals who have computer access. The employees with access to patient information may abuse the privilege. Although the punishment for accessing information without authorization is termination, there are some individuals that will access E.H.R.’s. Using authorization profiles to organize access

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