Electronic Medical records vs. Paper Medical Charts By: Diedre Fitzgerald Rasmussen College Summer 2012 English Composition; Professor Pauley Electronic Medical records vs. Paper Medical Charts It is no secret that the medical profession deals with some of population’s most valuable records; their health information. Not so long ago there was only one method of keeping medical records and this was utilizing paper charts. These charts, although still used in many practices today, have slowly been replaced by a more advanced method; electronic medical records or EMR’s. “The manner in which information is currently employed in healthcare is highly inefficient, which slows down communication and can, as a result, reduce the emergence and
This type of technology would provide information on the general practice, medical specialty, radiology, pharmacy, and laboratory data which relates to the patient. Health care providers would be able to access patient information, diagnostic images, test results, medication, and medical history and patients would be able to access their own information with ease from their home environment (Jones & Donelle, 2011). Although electronic health records would provide little effort for health care workers to access information, there are and will continue to be challenges with the implementation of the product without a hands-on approach (Jones & Donelle,
Computer Based Medical Records Abstract In the medical field there have been a lot of technological advances and making health records electronic is one of them. The days of having a paper health record are almost obsolete. An electronic health record keeps a patient’s medical information and history on a computer which is accessible to more people in less time. I will explain how the continuity, communication, coordination and accountability of the electronic health record can help the medical office. I will explain what can be included in the electronic health record. As an advocate of the electronic health record I will also explain some disadvantages to the electronic system.
Possible benefits included positive patient outcomes as a result of improved quality of care, decreased medical errors, increase in financial revenue for organizations, better ability to conduct research, reduced cost of healthcare for patients, and an overall improvement in health for the general population (Menachemi & Collum, 2011). Disadvantages that were found in the review of literature included the initial cost to implement the electronic health record, continuing maintenance costs, and interruption in workflows that adds to the brief loss in productivity that occurs from healthcare providers having to learn a new system (Menachemi & Collum, 2011). There are also concerns about maintaining confidentiality (Menachemi & Collum,
Description of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) EHR was created to have a technical way to securely exchange private and personal medical health information in hopes to improve the quality of care, decrease medical errors, limiting paper use, reduction of health care cost, and increasing a person access to affordable health care. A mandate was created for EHR stating that health records can be accessible to all facilities with patients having the capability to access their own health records at any time. Ameliorating the quality and convenience of care given to a patient, allow for cost saving measures, engage the patient and family to participate in their care, improve accuracy of medical diagnosis, and enhance the efficiency of the overall outcome of the patients’ health.
The electronic medical record is used to record and retrieve patient information by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers in today’s complex healthcare system. The purpose of this paper is to review the electronic medical record and analyze its impact on
Many health care facilities are already starting to use an electronic health record in some of their departments. An electronic health record is a system that allows health care employees to input patient information into a computer system and saves that information into a database for the facility. The information that is being stored directly into the computer system is patients’ personal information (name, date of birth, address, emergency contact information, insurance information, and primary care physician and/or admitting physician), medical history, allergies, current medications, nurses and doctors’ notes, and other information that may pertain to the reason for the visit. Radiology and lab results are also saved into the electronic health record. Even though some health care facilities use a computer system to save some information, there may also be paper work that is also being used. This paper work is scanned into the facilities database so that it can also be saved and viewed if necessary.
Mary K Horne Electronic Health Record Transitioning Professor Deana Lamolinare Devry University HIT 170 Electronic health records are helpful to physicians and healthcare providers, because they can be used between different health facilities and agencies. The Electronic Health Record system can be used to improve the effectiveness, quality care, and reduce cost in the future. This record of information contains the history of the patient’s visits to a healthcare facility along with all documentation regarding contact information, patient histories and allergies. The record also contains a list of medications, billing information, and data pertaining to the patient’s visit. The computerized physician order entry (CPOE) allows the physician to electronically enter patient’s orders and view a patient’s lab or x-ray results. It can help detect adverse effects or medical errors and reduce less suffering of the patient if he/she were to receive the wrong medications.
Electronic Health Records (EHR) are changing the way health care is delivered to patients, not just how patient medical information is stored. In the recent past, patient-doctor visits consisted of handwritten multiple medical forms to be completed, and most times duplicated. There were several areas of concern with past patient record keeping, omission of important care information, medical interventions and prescribed medication were missed in certain cases, erroneously prescribed or duplicated and records were lost or misplaced. EHR facilities and improves the quality of care by refining access to patient record by multiple health care providers and the patient; better decision support; reporting occurs in real time and is legible which
When walking into a doctor’s office, are nurses taking your information manually or electronically? Although, some offices still use paper records, many are making the transition to Electronic Medical Records. Electronic Medical Records is a digital form of medical records. New technology is developed every day and Electronic Medical Records are simply a way to make offices more efficient. Electronic Medical Records helps offices in many ways. They are easy to access, reduce storage, improve accuracy, and reduce cost. Electronic Medical Records are more convenient and easy to manage within a provider’s office.
How does information technology apply to your specialty area? Because of the meaning use requirements imposed by the govenrment, an electronic medical record is an integral part of all medical practices. The staff nurse discussed the safety benefits of the electronic medical records as it relates to the patient. The clinical administrator concentrated on the practice management and billing components of the computerized system as well as the quality data that can be captured.
Electronic Medical Records or Computerized Medical Record System what is it and what are the advantages along with the disadvantages of using this system? That is what we will discuss in this paper.
Electronic Medical Record system role in Healthcare Field Introduction:- Electronic medical records (EMR) software is a rapidly changing and often misunderstood technology with the potential to cause great change within the medical field. Unfortunately, many healthcare providers fail to understand the complex functions of EMRs, and they rather choose to use them as a mere alternative to paper records. EMRs, however, have many functionalities and uses that could help to improve the patient-physician relationship and the overall quality of patient care. In order for this potential to be realized, both the patient and the healthcare provider must have a deeper understanding of EMR purpose and function. In this paper will highlights the historical developments and its potential effects on the patient physician relationship in order to
Introduction It is important to understand that patients are very happy and satisfied when it comes to the electronic health system. This paper will discuss some of the benefits of an electronic health system that patients are enjoying. Patients Satisfaction with Health Systems It is important to understand that patients are very satisfied
In today’s medical field technology plays a big role when it comes to patient care. Technology is huge when it comes to giving the patient the best type of quality care when they are in the hospital. In the old days people would just write it down on a sheet of paper and record it by hand, which caused mistakes. Now with the Electronic Health Record those mistakes are drastically declining. Statistics have shown that using the Electronic Health Record has lowered Nursing mistakes as well as improved patient care. Our society has progressed through the years and has been introduced with the Electronic Health Record which has drastically improved our health care system. The Electronic Health Record provides great communication between