The Application Of Electronic Health Records

936 WordsApr 11, 20164 Pages
Today, demands for the implementation of health information technology to develop the quality of care are increasing in the United States. Researchers have found that the application of electronic health records (EHRs) could provide healthcare services. The use of EHRs in mental health has shown to provide more services to patients and access to medical records quickly. However, the adoption of EHRs in mental health is significantly lower among mental health providers than other health care providers. This is because of the lack of resources and the necessary competence of most mental health providers do not have for EHRs meaningful utilization. EHRs in mental health require more effort and skills to complete their healthcare services. This is because the highly sensitive mental health data involving certain conditions and records of vulnerable patients need to be kept safe. According to Chiu and her colleague, confidentiality and privacy issues are not new subjects to mental health care providers (109). When patients ' information is captured, stored, and transmitted it could be attacked by identity theft or fraud (Choi et al 57). The benefits of using EHRs obtained by health care organizations could breach patient privacy. The U.S. federal government has introduced the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which has taken responsibility to protect patients ' rights and privacy (Choi et al. 57). According to Choi and his colleagues, the purpose of the
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