Hsa 520 Assign. 5

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Professor Harold Griffin Health Information System– HSA520 December 11, 2011 Future Reform Today, information is increasing within the healthcare system and as technology changes, more opportunities become available for HIM professionals who can adapt to a new and ever-changing work environment. According to Blumenthal (2010), “The future looks bright, but the vision can’t become reality without first laying a firm foundation. Meaning, technology like electronic health records will be available, 24/7, in every medical facility in the world one day. Unfortunately, as stated by Clare and Pierce (2006), “a “perfect storm” is forming in healthcare around how we create, use, share and protect the knowledge needed to deliver cost-effective care.” The health care information technology is not something that can be stagnant, and once the technology is created it must continue to change and evolve to be reformed for the future. Predict the form and function of medical health records in 2030 (provide specific example to support your response). Medical technology today is transforming the way healthcare is delivered, managed, and assessed, with a continued shift from the old record management to more of a data management system. Eddy (1990) states that a “well-functioning EHR, comprising electronic documentation of providers’ notes, electronic viewing of laboratory and radiological results, e-prescribing, and an interoperable connection via a health information exchange with all other providers and hospitals in a community, could have a significant impact on medical practice”. Technological changes will redefine the medical record service and challenge HIM professionals to develop new concepts regarding traditional work and take on newly influential roles other than record retention, such as being a team leader. Electronic medical records are a trend that started in
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