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Pros And Cons Of Electronic Medical Records

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INTRODUCTION
As technology advances so must our way of accessing information. Many medical facilities and health care professionals are switching from paper medical records to Electronic Medical and Health Records. Incorporating information technology into the health field through electronic records can enhance the quality of care by making patient data more accessible to all healthcare providers and eliminating medical errors.

BACKGROUND
Electronic Medical Records and Electronic Health Records may seem the same but they do have some differences. According to National Alliance for Health Information Technology EMR (Electronic Medical Records) are the “electronic record of health information of health-related information on an individual that …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that incorporating information technology into the health field through electronic records can enhance the quality of care by making patient data more accessible to all healthcare providers and eliminating medical errors.
  • Explains that hit consultants has put together a list of emr statistics and trends about the growing development of health information technology systems.
  • Explains that electronic medical records and electronic health records have some differences. electronic medical records save time searching for patients paper charts and it avoids the wait for retrieving records from another health facility or provider.
  • Explains that electronic medical records allows physicians to have remote access from other areas in the facility, home or a device with the electronic medical record software.
  • Explains that electronic medical records are at risk of malice attacks, hackers, unintentional disclosure, insider abuse, and unauthorized access. the association of computer machinery has a code of ethics that breaks down the need, provisions, restrictions, time and place of access to patients information.

Do to the many threats to information technology, Electronic Medical Records are at risk of malice attacks, hackers, unintentional insider disclosure, insider abuse and unauthorized access. Security breaches pose a threat to patient privacy especially when confidential health information is made available to others without authorization and consent.
There are several different ethical codes that must be followed by all authorized users to help ensure that PII is protected. The Association of Computer Machinery has a code of Ethics that breaks down the need, the provisions, the restrictions, the time and place of access to patients information, which they believe will detour the misuse of data and cause a respect for others privacy (Conners & Mick, 1997). However, using technology can protect technology, implementing security measures like firewalls, antivirus and intrusion detection software can protect the integrity of data. Performing routine audits can ensure compliance with healthcare policies and encrypting information can aide in protecting patients PII from unauthorized

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