Rapid Data Retrieval And Transmission Of Patient Health Records

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Introduction (Morgan) Almost every industry is now computerized and enhanced with the latest technology—equipped for rapid data retrieval and transmission. Like all computerized technology, the format of patient health records has evolved dramatically over time. With the evolution of technology, a need has been identified for the improvement of efficiency and productivity in the transmission of patient data (Practice Fusion, 2016). In order to achieve this goal, patient medical records have now adopted an electronic format and are now referred to as electronic health records (EHRs). Both medical professionals and patients can equally benefit from the use of EHR. This format of record keeping offers easy access to medical records to patients and providers, simplified data entry and compilation, quick storage of medical information, reduced chance for error in the composition and interpretation of physician notes. EHRs may also aid in the transmission of data, easy transmission of lab results, patient medication allergies, imaging and pre-existing conditions, reduces the chance for duplication of lab tests, and saving time and money for both patients and healthcare professionals (Ana Maria College, 2016). In an effort to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) act, was established (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2012). The HITECH Act supports the concept of EHR meaningful use, a

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