Electronic Health Record Business Case Research Analysis

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Electronic Health Record Business Case Research Analysis

Healthcare is a prevailing topic of today’s conversation. People want and need better access to care. Electronic Health Reports provide access to better care because their implementation and use is considered to be of greatest importance for reducing medical errors and improving the quality of service that patients receive (Song et al. 2011). The traditional paper-based record keeping system will be a thing of the past as the US healthcare delivery system makes a shift to electronic record keeping. This transition will take place as an advantage that links local and national healthcare strategies and places a priority on efficient operational practices. Even though a benefit of reduction in varying costs due to efficiency has been speculated by prior research, the huge financial investment has deterred many organizations from moving forward with EHR adoption. Physicians and organizations have a hard time building a business case for ambulatory EHR systems for several direct and indirect reasons dealing with revenue and benefits. In the article, Exploring the Business Case for Ambulatory Electronic Health Record System Adoption, the authors’ aim was to understand the decision for investment in EHR systems by healthcare organizations.

The authors conducted research on the business case for ambulatory EHR and its use in the decision making process for implementation. It happened to be a part of a larger study of exemplary EHR implementation practices in ambulatory settings (McAlearney et al.2010). Five multi-hospital health systems, that were found to be exemplary in EHR system adoption and use in ambulatory settings (Song et al. 2011) by varying sources and publication...

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...ole in the decision making process for each research site. Since this is the case, future research could aim to create a way to measure non-financial costs and benefits so that organizations could use that methodology to assist with their formal business case analyses (Song et al. 2011). This certainly will help organizations get a clearer picture of the EHR adoption and implementation project for resource allocation purposes.

Works Cited

Song, P. H., McAlearney, A., Robbins, J., & McCullough, J. S. (2011). Exploring the Business Case for Ambulatory Electronic Health Record System Adoption. Journal Of Healthcare Management, 56(3), 169-180.

McAlearney, A. S., P. H. Song, J. Robbins,A. Hirsch, N. Kowalczyk, a nd D. Chi solm.2010. "Moving from Good to Great in Ambulatory Electronic Health Record Implementation," Journal for Healthcare Quality 32 {5): 41-50.
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