Security Issues of Paper and Electronic Health Record Systems and the Issues to Be Considered When Converting to an Ehr System

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Kaplan University | Barriers to Implementing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system | [Type the document subtitle] | | By AshleyRose Allen | 3/26/2012 |

The security issues of paper and electronic health record systems and the issues to be considered when converting to an EHR system. |

Barriers to Implementing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system

Barriers to implementing an EHR system
Below is a list of ten things that are true barriers for most health care organizations today. Please review the list and decide which barrier your organization is facing. The first step is to acknowledge the issue(s) and then you can tackle them head on. Good luck.

#1 Difficulty in adding older records to an EHR system

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Standardization needs to occur first with medical documents. Synchronization programs for distributed storage models are only useful once record standardization has occurred.
Merging of already existing public healthcare databases is a common software challenge. The ability of electronic health record systems to provide this function is a key benefit and can improve healthcare delivery.
#4 Privacy

Privacy concerns in healthcare apply to both paper and electronic records. Today records can be exchanged over the Internet and they are subject to the same security concerns as any other type of data transaction over the Internet. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) were passed in the US in 1996 to establish rules for access, authentications, storage and auditing, and transmittal of electronic medical records. This standard made restrictions for electronic records more stringent than those for paper records. However, there are concerns as to the adequacy of implementation of this standard. As the ever-changing healthcare industry evolves, one key topic within the electronic health record (EHR) is privacy. The Federal government has set guidelines that all healthcare organizations will have to comply with in regards to electronic health transactions. Most supporters believe that the EHR will improve care and reduced costs, while transforming the health care system, but whether the privacy of the records will be upheld is