The Electronic Health Record Mandate

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The National Electronic Health Record Mandate
“An electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users.” ( The EHR mandate was created “to share information with other health care providers and organizations – such as laboratories, specialists, medical imaging facilities, pharmacies, emergency facilities, and school and workplace clinics – so they contain information from all clinicians involved in a patient’s care.” ("Providers & Professionals |", n.d., p. 1) The process has proved to be quite challenging for providers. As an
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1) My hospital initiated this program back in 1999. We also participate in the Statement Immunization Information System (SISS) program. We use this system to check or update vaccination records for our patients. All of our charting is done electronically. This is beneficial because any member of the healthcare team can access a patient’s record from anywhere in the hospital. Any information updated on our end can then be accessed by another provider whom also uses an EHR system. This allows each member of the healthcare team to collaborate, reduce medical errors, minimize medication interactions, and decrease medical costs. All of our patients, are educated on the EHR system that we use from the moment they check in on admission. Throughout their stay, they are instructed on how to access it and how to use it. Upon discharge, they are given an EHR packet and are encouraged to capitalize on all that the program has to offer from the comfort of their own homes.
Progress. Over the last decade, the hospital has made a lot of progress regarding the use of HER’s. After the CPSI system was initiated, the transition from paper charts to computer charts began. Today, all charting is done electronically by all members of the healthcare team. From the dieticians to the physicians, everyone is trained and

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