Electronic Health Records Use in Small Healthcare Practices Essay

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Electronic medical records have been around for more than 30 years, but since 2010 they have become widely adopted throughout the healthcare industry. Electronic health records (EHRs) are comprised of many components that work together to “automates access to information and has the potential to streamline the clinician's workflow” (“Electronic Health Record,” 2012). The system allows more efficient and accurate patient care while reducing costs in the long term for healthcare practices. Small healthcare practices have moved slowly in adopting electronic health record (EHRs) systems for their practices, their lack of readiness will cause the organizations problems in transitioning to the implementation of EHRs. This research paper will …show more content…
Clinical decision support (CDS) tools provide information to help providers diagnose patients and assist with managing treatment plans. CDS systems “range from online reference materials to guidelines, and alerts built in electronic prescribing and computerized physician order entry (CPOE)” (Menachemi & Collum, p.48). For example, when a physician prescribes new medications for a patient, the system could automatically do background checks and alert physicians about patient information such as allergies and conflicting drugs that could present problems.
Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems allow physicians to directly enter medical orders into the system (e.g. ordering medications, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and any other treatment plans available within the system). This is to eliminate the potential medical errors caused by the physician poor handwriting. Health Information Exchange (HIE) allow physicians, patients and other healthcare professional to appropriately access and securely sharing patient’s medical information electronically. Electronic health record (EHR) systems provide many new ways to use patient information to ensure that patients are receiving the best treatment by adhering to medical “best practices”.
The Advantages of EHRs
Electronic medical records (EHRs) have many advantages versus paper-based records. Paper records can be
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