Electronic Health Records

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Electronic Health Records:

The Role of Electronic Health Records and Health Information Exchange in the Delivery of Quality Healthcare
R Arku

Community College of Allegheny County
Health Information Technology, Cohort 5
January 14,2011

Contents Abstract 3 Introduction 4 Quality Definition 6 Data Collection Challenges 7 Electronic Records and its influence on quality 9 Data Infrastructure – Performance Measurement Foundation 11 Quality Measurements and Data Extraction 11 Going Forward 12 Conclusion – EHRs Preparations 12 References 13

Policy makers, Physicians, Clinicians and other health workers have in recent years, changed their demand for health information data due to changing trends
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However, whereas this seems to prove the importance of EHRs there is a need to understand the steps to quality healthcare and how EHRs enable hospitals provide these aspects. This paper will try to bring forth, the true picture of Electronic Health Records effectiveness. It is important to understand what an EHR is. According to this paper, this will take the following definition
“… longitudinal electronic record of patient health information generated by one or more encounters in any care delivery setting”. Included in this information are patient demographics… reports. The EHR automates and streamlines the clinician 's workflow. The EHR has the ability to generate a complete record of a clinical patient encounter, and related activities directly or indirectly via interface—including evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcomes reporting.”(GAO, 2010)

Quality Definition
Quality is something that many medical care institutions have advocated for. With the innovation of Electronic Health Records, healthcare facilities as well as institutions were consumed with the concerns of how medical records were being handled. Currently there are many national organizations as well as some of the government agencies who are trying to pursue the cause of quality and patient safety (GAO, 2010). Although, Electronic Health Records are presumed to bring quality to the way healthcare data is being handled,
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