Electronic Medical Records : Information Technology For Economic And Clinical Health Records

1239 Words Sep 27th, 2015 5 Pages
In 2009, one of the largest US initiatives to date put place under Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act was electronic health records. The main initiative of this act was to encourage widespread use of electronic medical records also known as EHR. EHRs are defined as “a longitudinal electronic record of patient health information generated by one or more encounters in any care delivery setting. (Menachmi, 2011) Government continues to incentivize the industry with new healthcare objectives based around quality and technology. One can only think that the basis of these initiatives start with the electronic medical records as the foundation. The implementation of electronic medical records can result in many advantages such as decrease healthcare fragmentation, improved quality and measurable outcomes; along with disadvantages like HIPAA violations, high costs, and disruptive workflow effecting productivity. Healthcare Organizations across states have implemented electronic medical record charts which has been decreasing amount of fragmentation an ordinary patient would face. The overall objective is to develop/sustain a nationwide Healthcare IT network to support the exchange electronic medical records. System of adoption amongst providers seems to be heavily amongst long term acute care hospitals and short term acute care hospitals. In a study conducted in Tennessee and Indiana utilizing algorithms the predictive modeling of EHR data…
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