Essay about Electronic Health Records

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Electronic Health Records
Michelle H Gay
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
There are many advantages to electronic health records but there are as many disadvantages to implementation of this technology. This paper will discuss the advantages and disadvantages that take place during the implementation process of electronic health records. This material was gathered from published materials. The health care industry is an organization that can prosper from electronic health records if the barriers can be overcome.

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Less than a quarter of physicians use EMRs, further investigation into the low rate of adoption needs to occur. Most medical journals indicate that the primary reason for the low adoption rate is the high initial cost and the uncertainty of the financial benefits (Miller, 2004). In recent findings, upfront cost for an EMR system could range anywhere from $15,000 to $38,000 per physician with no guarantee of financial payoff (Crosson, 2005). The price is dependent on the unique structure of the practice, its needs, and its requirements. In a recent cost-benefit analysis presented in the American Journal of Medicine, the estimated net benefit from using EMR for a five year period was $86,400 per provider. These benefits accrued from savings in drug expenditures, improved utilization of radiology tests, better capture of charges, and decreased billing errors. Additional findings included, that EMR in a primary care can result in a positive return on investment for the health care organization (Wang, 2003). This leads to the question as to “Why have all physicians not incorporated EMR in the clinical settings?” There are several barriers that have left physicians skeptical to implement EMRs, some include the increased time that would be involved into the average workday for implementation (disruption), the challenge of the usability of the technology, inadequate support after implementation, lack of data

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