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The Benefits Of Electronic Health Records

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Have you noticed recently most every time you go to the doctor, the nurse and or doctor come in with a laptop or tablet and are typing away as you answer their questions? As your nurse or doctor are asking you questions they are updating your EHR, or Electronic Health Records. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health enacted under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, led to financial incentives for those who could demonstrate meaningful use of the EHR technology. Now more than 80 percent of physicians keep some version of an electronic health record for their patients. What is an Electronic Health Record you ask? An EHR is a technology that allows a health-care provider to record, access, as well as…show more content…
Now that we have a basic understanding of what an EHR system is let’s talk about some of the Pros and Cons of the system. There are many potential positives that this system can have. Research has shown that electronic health records have lowered the rate of medication mistakes by providing appropriate treatment guidelines. EHR's allow for quicker access to patient health records. Previously health records were pulled and refiled before and after each visit, often getting misfiled, making them frequently unavailable for appointments, resulting in wasted time, space, and the frequent detriment to care. The system increases the accuracy of coding and billing. The earlier protocol called for staff to enter data in two different places, for an increased rate of human error. The computerized physician order entry has an e-prescribe feature giving health professionals the ability to submit prescriptions online, making the process more efficient for the patient and provider. CPOE also gives providers the ability to place lab and imaging orders and other notices electronically. All of which dramatically reducing the margin for human error with handwritten orders. This also allows other providers with EHR to view orders and prescriptions, reducing the rate of duplication. Essentially the EHR’s main pro is its ability to promote efficiency, and productivity. The system itself is meant to save time spent writing charts to allow more time for patient interactions, all
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