Electronic Health Record Systems ( Emr )

1061 WordsJun 22, 20155 Pages
Currently, Electronic Health Record Systems (EHRs) are becoming more common in medical health facilities. When comparing electronic and paper health records, electronic records have many more capabilities and benefits. Although paper records have lower initial costs, electronic records easily accessible, space-savers, and in the end can bring in higher profit. Providers who have made the switch to EHRs have noticed “improvement in medical practice management and cost savings” (HeathIT.gov). Dr. Robert E. Hoyt, an internal medicine physician with expertise in health informatics and clinical research, talks about the benefits and abilities of EHRs, and how healthcare practices and physicians would advantage from using them. He explains that paper records are extremely limited. When handwriting a prescription or office notes, illegibility is a classic issue. Other disadvantages of paper records are that they are “expensive to copy, transport and store; easy to destroy; difficult to analyze and determine who has seen it; and the negative impact on the environment” (2015, practicefusion.com). Efficiency in the office can be done through EHRs. Practices that have already begun using EHRs have noticed “improved management through integrated scheduling systems that link appointments directly to progress notes, automate coding, and managed claims” (HealthIT.gov). Administrative tasks including filling out forms, processing billing requests, represent a significant percentage of
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