Improving Communication, Access And Accuracy Of Medical Records

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In the United States, the healthcare system is advancing to an electronic health record (EHR). Documentation of health information on paper is becoming a thing of the past, as the move for electronic charting is encouraged. This transition from paper charting has been recognized as a necessary transition to improve communication, access and accuracy of medical records (Hebda & Czar, 2013). Development and implementation of the EHR continues to cultivate within the USA and is moving toward a more widespread adaption of the concept. In order for EHR to progress there is still much to do to make it more functional. Security and privacy remain a large issue that still needs tweaking amongst several other concerns. While myself and other healthcare workers continue to integrate aspects of EHR into care, we are learning new challenges that it brings and benefits as well. Current State of Electronic Health Record The National Alliance of Health Information Technology defines the EHR as “an electronic health record of health-related information on an individual that conforms to nationally recognized interoperability standards and that can be created, managed an consulted by authorized clinicians and staff across more than one health care organization” (Hebda & Czar, 2013). The goal is to create a health record that is capable of following an individual throughout their life. The availability of the record would aide to continuity of patient information along the health
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