EMR Implementation in Small Independent Practices Essay

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Achievements in public health and technology have created growth in the health care industry. Significant advances in prevention as well as declines in death rates have created a need for a more sophisticated system of record keeping. While monitoring the health of the nation, planning and developing better health services, and delivering effective and efficient care is now more important than ever. The need to manage patient data has increased as well. Moving from a world where paper records are kept in file cabinets, to implementing a system where documents are stored and maintained on computers and accessed through EMR systems is a complicated procedure for a large system, let alone the smaller independent practices that still…show more content…
EMRs will contain the same, but with an easily searchable index for faster and more efficient administration of care that can be cross-referenced for evidence-based care (Hillestad, et al, 2014). One of the greatest benefits is that of interoperability (Ouellette, 2012). Not only will entire systems be able to access patient records, but eventually with a national database, a patient can be anywhere in the country and their entire history can be pulled to provide care (Ouellette, 2012). This will ensure that that quality care is given quickly with fewer errors. There are concerns about the implementation and maintenance costs of EMRS. With the increase of costs for implementing EMR’s most facilities will eventually have to make up the cost somewhere, and that usually is in the form of higher costs to the consumer (Freudenheim, 2012). However, there are government programs and low interest loans to offset the costs for those facilities that are strictly non-profit, as well donors might help offset the costs (Callahan,2014). Other concerns include security and privacy of health data, access control and
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