Electronic Medical Record ( Emr )

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Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a computerized database that stores all of the medical and personal information about the patient’s care and billing information from the health care providers. Today, only the medical practices and providers can implement these systems. Also there are neither known national central storage systems, nor regional sharing of information between the networks on a national or regional level (Apter, p224). This needs to be changed because it is important to be able to see this information globally. This is going to change in the near future because there are incentives given to physicians and hospitals for switching over from paper to electronic systems and within the next few years providers will be denied a certain percentage of collections if they do not switch. Electronic Medical Records systems are the center of any computerized health information system, without them other modern technologies, such as decision support systems cannot be effectively integrated into the routine clinical workflow. The paperless, multi-specialty, multi-provider, multi-discipline, inter-operable computer medical record, which has been a goal for many healthcare professionals, researchers, administrators, and politicians for the past 20+ years is, however about to become a reality in many western countries. The Obama administration has proposed, as part of the effort to revive the economy, a massive effort to modernize health care by making all health records electronic and standardized by 2014 (Simpson, 2009). There are generally five main components that you should consider when an organization has an electronic medical record. Those components are: results management, clinical documentation, closed-loop medication ... ... middle of paper ... ...pitals, or health departments (Rosenthal, 2007). The information within the folders was confidential, and shared solely amongst the patient and physician. Today these files are fragmented across multiple sites of treatment due to the branching out of specialty centers such as magnetic resonance imaging, outpatient surgical centers, urgent care centers and other diagnostic centers. Today’s ability to store medical records electronically has made it possible to easily send these files from one location to another. However, the same technology, which can unify the fragmented pieces of a patient’s medical record, has the ability to also create a path for security and privacy breaches. The details listed have examined how electronic medical records are used, how they are secured, how security is enforced, and what the consequences of security breaches are (Sayles, 2014) .
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