Electronic Medical Records ( Emr )

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Electronic medical records (EMR) Introduction For centuries, paper-based records were the only way of communicating patient’s medical records throughout the health care system. Gradually, for the past two decades, the healthcare system has been transitioning toward computerized systems called electronic medical records better knowns as EMR. Dr. Clem McDonald from the Regenstrief Institute stated that his “goal was to solve three problems, to eliminate the logistical problems of the paper records by making clinical data immediately available to authorized users wherever they are – no more unavailable or undecipherable clinical records; to reduce the work of clinical book keeping required to manage patients – no more missed diagnoses when laboratory evidence shouts its existence, no more forgetting about required preventive care; and to make the informational ‘gold’ in the medical record accessible to clinical, epidemiological, outcomes and management research.”(website McDonald, Clement). EMR is said to benefit the healthcare system by improving quality, safety, and efficiency of care. “With this in mind, the benefits will be presented in terms of access; quality, safety, and efficiency of care delivery” (Health informatics book). The writer herself has been able to experience the benefits and disadvantages of using EMR. Working as a school nurse and a skilled home health nurse it is required to document electronically. Electronic medical records has benefits and…

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