Healthcare Delivery Issues Essay

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The purpose of this paper is to discuss how Electronic Medical Records (EMR), affects healthcare delivery. I will discuss the positives and negatives this issue has on healthcare and how it effects the cost and quality for healthcare services. In addition, I will identify any potential trade-offs to cost or quality. Lastly, I will discuss how the EMR affects my job as well as any challenges or opportunities this issue presents. Electronic Patient Data affects on Healthcare delivery In 2009 President Obama, through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, pledged to provide incentives to the nation’s physicians and hospitals to convert to an electronic healthcare system in attempt to improve the quality of care and reduce cost …show more content…

The electronic medical record systems are “increasingly attracting concerns about computer errors, design flaws and breakdowns in communication” which can endanger patients (Freudenheim, 2010). In February 2011, the FDA received reports of malfunctions related to information technology, patient injuries, and deaths in 2008 and 2009 (Freudenheim, 2010). The cost to initiate the electronic program is high. This makes it difficult for individual healthcare providers to afford during our present economic condition. Finally, privacy is a significant concern, as today we hear so much about identity theft, computer hackers, in addition to the underserved who have concerns about their residency status and the fear of deportation (Horan, Botts & Burkhard, 2010). Trade-offs In the long-run, increasing communication through electronic medical records will decrease the cost of health care by eliminating unnecessary procedures and repeat diagnostic tests. However, the immediate cost to implement this program is going to require a significant investment and dedication from the government as well as the community. The cost to roll out such a system can cost up to tens of thousands of dollars for the individual physician and does not include the cost of training and loss of productivity (Horan, Botts & Burkhard, 2010). Another trade off is, the availability of patient information for healthcare providers to improve the

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