Electronic Health Records Today
Electronic health records is medical information recorded on computers, the data consists of a variety of data, medical history, medication, allergies, diagnoses, immunizations, labs, radiology, vital signs, billing information, and personal statistics weight and age. The EHR is designed to help with medical errors. It helps reduce errors with allergies to a medication. Also help with reading legibility and eliminate the lost forms and paperwork. It allows for the patients history to be viewed by several doctors.
President has been trying to have the switch of electronic health records due to high demand for healthcare; joining electronic medical records will reduce cost and save money. The topic that keeps coming up is the patient confidentiality; the concern is keeping their information from falling into the wrong hands; in other words keeping it from others who do not have permission to access it. Once the glitches are worked out and there are solutions that will prevent this from happening all medical services will be using this method, however until this is accomplished it will be left on hold. According to Sutherly (2010), the car accident that Brennan Eden was involved in revealed some important issues regarding electronic medical records. Apparently, You Tube had clips that people were able to view regarding Brennan accident, it was found out later approximately two hundred employees that worked at the hospital Brennan was taken too accessed his information. This incident has caused concerned to how one’s information is easily accessed without permission. An article was published in the New York Times that focused on protecting patient’s rights. According to that article there have been several breaches due to not having the proper security system that would safeguard this information (Pear, 2007). This would not just affect a few people; it would affect anyone who has been seen for any type of medical reason. Meanwhile, there are several issues relating to legal and ethical problems regarding electronic medical records, however, the legal issues can be easily handle, but the ethical issues concerning who will be permitted to access this information is another story and not so easily addressed. With the incident involving Brennan E...
For years now, the healthcare system in the United States have managed patient’s health records through paper charting, this has since changed for the better with the introduction of an electronic medical record (EMR) system. This type of system has helped healthcare providers, hospitals and other ambulatory institutions extract data from a patient’s chart to help expedite clinical diagnosis and providing necessary care. Although this form of technology shows great promise, studies have shown that this system is just a foundation to the next evolution of health technology. The transformation of EMR to electronic heath record system (EHR) is the ultimate goal of the federal government.
The Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and strategic ways patients can be engaged in their health decision-making
A. EHR Definition
Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a digital collection of patient health information instead of paper chart that captures data at the point of collection, supports clinical decision-making and integrates data from multiple sources in any care delivery settings. The health record includes patient’s demographics, progress notes, past medical history, vital signs, medications, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports. National Alliance for the Health Information Technology defines EHR as, “ an electronic record of health-related information on an individual that conforms to nationally recognized interoperability standards and that can be created, managed, and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff across more
The Pros and Cons of Electronic Health Records
Historically, physicians and nurses documented patients’ health information using paper and pencil. This documentation created numerous errors in patients’ medical records. Patient information became lost or destroyed, medication errors occur daily because of illegible handwriting, and patients had to wait long periods to have access to their medical records. Since then technology has changed the way nurses and health care providers care for their patients. Documentation of patient care has moved to an electronic heath care system in which facilities around the world implement electronic health care systems.
healthcare system privacy and security are the main topics discussed. In the article “Security of health information: Balancing Interests”, by Valerie Prater, she discusses the often misunderstood roles of privacy and security in the healthcare system. In the past, the medical records were paper based and records were entered manually. The paper based approach had limited accessibility because it was only available to one user at a time. Today the system uses the electronic health record approach. The electronic health records are available to many users at once and uses plenty of information technology tools. With regards to privacy the article argues that it is the right of individuals to decide what to do with their health information. Prater argues that the individual should have to right to disclose their information from organizations including the government itself. On the security side Prater points out all kinds of security threats the healthcare system still faces
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have drastically changed health care. From quality to efficiency, EHRs have transformed Health Care from an inaccurate, inefficient, and problematic system to a system that is much more reliable. Electronic Health Records do have their drawbacks; however, they are much more reliable than a paper system. Through the Affordable Care Act the government is now requiring EHRs to be implemented to receive benefits. Not only that, but the clinic will receive benefits per physician for implementing earlier than other clinics. Meaningful Use may be coming to an end, but many clinics have already implemented a system, which will carry on the policy for years to come. Two main jobs have been created from this: Health Informaticians
Abstract: Electronic medical databases and the ability to store medical files in them have made our lives easier in many ways and riskier in others. The main risk they pose is the safety of our personal data if put on an insecure an insecure medium. What if someone gets their hands on your information and uses it in ways you don't approve of? Can you stop them? To keep your information safe and to preserve faith in this invaluable technology, the issue of access must be addressed. Guidelines are needed to establish who has access and how they may get it. This is necessary for the security of the information a, to preserve privacy, and to maintain existing benefits.
It is important for the purpose of clarity to distinguish the difference between electronic medical records (EMR) and electronic health records (EHR). Electronic medical records are an electronic composition of an individual’s medical history including such components as procedures, past diseases, diagnosis, medications, doctor’s names, and allergies. An electronic health record is an electronic means of documenting a patient’s procedures, diagnosis, billing information, etc. at each care facility (Badzek & Gross, 1999). A movement that was first initiated under the Bush administration, accepted by the Clinton administration, and now embraced by President Obama is the creation of the individual electronic medical record. In 2009 President Obama included $36 billion in the stimulus package to...