Electronic Health Record Implementation ( Ehr )

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Electronic Health Record Implementation The way in which facilities access patient’s health records have changed from paper charts to electronic health records (EHR). Healthcare facilities have been mandated by the federal government to start using EHR for access and storage of health information (Department of Health and Human Services, 2008). There are six steps that assist facilities in order to prepare them to start utilizing EHR (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, 2014). EHR privacy is maintained through the Health Insurance Probability Accountability Act (HIPAA) (Burkhart and Nathaniel, 2014). This allows coordination of care among healthcare professionals in order to deliver quality, safe, cost effective care to patients. Description of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) President Bush started the mandate on the EHR in 2004. This mandate has been exercised by President Obama through the Affordable Care Act. This mandate was established for all healthcare facilities to have EHR by the year 2014. The use of the EHR was to improve patient care, decrease medical errors, and coordinate patient care through the shared accessed of patient information. There are two goals and four objectives for the mandate of EHR (Department of Health and Human Services, 2008). The first goal is patient-focused healthcare. Under this goal, health care is centered on the patient in order to deliver higher quality care. This is established by allowing
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