Electronic Medical Records And Electronic Health Records

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Technology has advanced throughout the years. The effects of these advancements have been both positive and negative. Not only have these advancements helped make our lives easier, it has also helped us lived longer. For example, the use of the computer has evolved in health care. Medical Professionals use the computer for their daily operations. As a result of the use of the computer, the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Health Records (EHR) were created. In 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which included the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act. HITECH instructed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to get eligible providers to start …show more content…

EMR and EHR also helps keep information up-to-date. A study was done by to evaluate the staffed nurses attitude and perception of the EHR in Sri Ramakrishna Hospital. The study found that majority of the staffed nurses (95.5%) found the EHR as beneficial (Juliet & Sudha, 2013). About 68% of the nurses believed that EHR would be helpful and the about 73% of them believed EHR will reduce the workload (Juliet & Sudha, 2013). Cons Nurses have found the EMR and EHR beneficial. Many of them have positives views of them. However, not all nurses have reciprocal feelings towards having patients medical records electronically distributed. According to Nelson (2016), challenges to EHR usability include workflow issues, forced word choices, lack of or limited free text, and difficulty finding data or information, among others. Nurses have stated that inputting information to the EMR and EHR takes too much time and it is also time consuming. The most common problem with EMR and EHR are system failures. Computers crash every time and power outages are really common. If the system ends up failing, then there might be no back up charts. One major problem would be the change to EMR and EHR. New nurses might find the change is not difficult. However, for older nurses that are used to charting might find the change to electronic charting difficult. Another disadvantage of the EMR and EHR is the

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