The Electronic Health Record ( Ehr )

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Introduction The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a comprehensive electronic record of patient health information (PHI) eventuated by one or more encounters in any care delivery setting. This longitudinal information includes, demographics, vital signs, past medical history, progress notes, problems, medications, immunizations, radiology data and laboratory reports. The EHR organizes and automates the clinician 's workflow. The EHR has the ability to create a complete record of a clinical patient encounter - as well as complementary other care-related activities directly or indirectly via interface – encompassing evidence-based decision support, outcomes reporting and quality management("Electronic Health Records(Standards),"). Health…show more content…
Between EHR benefits and its disadvantages, it has been very difficult for decision makers to make a decision regarding such systems. An evaluation is needed in order for decision makers to pick a side; whether they support EHR implementation or not. Evaluation is “decisive assessment of defined objectives, based on set of criteria to solve a given problem.” Evaluation mainly serves three purposes: to compare results with the goals and excepted effects of the system, to direct work towards the expected result with the help of formative evaluation during development and introduction of the system, to use the finding and outcomes of the evaluation process as an experience base for future projects(Ammenwerth, Gräber, Herrmann, Bürkle, & König, 2003).Whereas, some define evaluation as the systematic process of information collection about program activities and features to judge and enhance its effectiveness. Evaluation leads to the settled opinion that something about the program is the case, which may lead to a decision to act in a certain way(Institute, 2007). The process Evaluation describes the implementation of an information source and judging the merits and worth which includes
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