Are Electronic Medical Records a Cure for Health Care? Essay

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Case Study Week VII
Are Electronic Medical Records a Cure for Health Care?
MGT 5014 – Information Systems
Dr. Bourgeois

Summary “The information contained in the medical record allows health care providers to determine the patient's medical history and provide informed care. The medical record serves as the central repository for planning patient care and documenting communication among patient and health care provider and professionals contributing to the patient's care (Medical Records, 2012).” Medical information today is still being kept by using paper medical records. In 2010, 80 percent of doctors and 90 percent of hospitals were still using paper medical records. This is in the United States. With the enormous cost of
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Some physicians are not tech savvy, and may be resistant to change. The hospital staffs will find it difficult to change to a new EMR system because of the long time use of paper record keeping. Training on this new system will be very interesting because of physician and staff resistance to change. Changing people’s mindset will become the biggest challenge for management and organizations. Another hurdle to overcome will be technological. Technical matters, the uncertainty of quality, functionality, ease of use, and lack of integration with other applications (Electronic Medical Records, 2005). Will these technologies be compatible with each other? Incompatibility between systems; user interface, system architecture and functionality can vary significantly between suppliers' products (Electronic Medical Records, 2005). The system will need to be integrated and will require consistent use of standards, for example medical terminologies and high quality data to support information sharing across wide networks. Interoperability is will be the key for an EMR system work. This will support Data transfer and sharing on
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