Discussion on Electronic Health Records
Discussionon Electronic Health Records
Discussionon Electronic Health Records
The world has been transformed by the digital technology. Theweb-enabled devices have changed different aspects of our lives.Communication and health life has positively embraced the newtechnology. There is a smooth flow of information in a digitalizedhealth care. The information is also within reach when required. Thepaper will discuss the electronic health record, their merit, anddemerits.
ElectronicHealth Records (EMR)
EMR is asystem that facilitates the collection of information and storepatient data in an electronic form. The stored information can beaccessed by different health care facilities with the interconnectednetwork. The patient`s data that are stored include medical history,demographics, laboratory results, and personal statistics andradiology images among others. There are several electronic healthrecord systems. They include Allscripts, eClinicalWorks, Epic Systemsamong others (Weiskopfand Weng, 2013). The eClinicalWorks is the best system.The system provides several benefits to the medical firms.
Various factors should be considered when choosing the type of EHR toimplement.
The right task to be performed should be identified. There should bea clear order of the tasks and proper communication. The entire teamshould make an agreement on the type of EHR that best fit a healthfacility. The team should have a plan of the new type of tasks theyintend to perform, those which they will stop doing and the tasksthat they will sustain. The arrangement will guide the team inchoosing the EHR to implement.
To implement EHR system, several tools need to collaborate. First,there should be an analysis of the current workflow. Then design howthe implementation of EHR will enable an improved workflow. Thebackup plan should be created to address issues that may arise withthe implementation plan. Then there should be a project plan thatwill show the transformation process from paperwork to EHR. The datathat will be changed from the analog system to digital system isimportant. Then finally, evaluate factors that may challenge thesecurity and privacy of the system.
Selecting aCertified EHR
The preferred system should accomplish the intended tasks. A testdrive can be carried to confirm its efficiency. In addition, considerpricing before embarking on a specific system (Perez,Popadiuk, and Cesar, 2017). The cost of maintaininghardware, software, upgrading and its interconnection with otherfacilities like laboratory and pharmacy should be considered. Beforepurchasing, it is important to clarify the cost of migrating data andthe amount of data that can be transferred. The system should becompatible with other systems like billing systems and practicemanagement software. Finally, evaluate the security and privacy ofaccessing information from the system and developing a backup.
Implementation of EHR system involves installing it and embarking ontraining and testing. As the system is implemented, considermitigating a plan for security and privacy management. Data migrationcan commence through the help of the vendor.
Utilizing the EHRsystem
For an effective system, the health care should engage patients andtheir families. The system should provide quality, safe and efficientinformation. In addition, there should be an improved carecoordination. The system should also improve public health. Thepatient`s information should remain private and confidential.
Regular assessment is necessary. Evaluate whether the set goals havebeen achieved. In addition, re-evaluate the workflow and whetherthere is need to have additional training. Monitor whether the systemis capturing the essential data and whether the system is reliable.Finally, check whether there is any required additional software toimprove the system effectiveness.
Computerizing health care information with a certified EHR enablesthe organization to benefit from financial incentives. The governmentrecommends the use of EHR in recording hospital information. Theyprovide financial incentives to health care facilities that are usingthis technology.
Use of this system ensures that the health personnel record accurateand proper information. In addition, use of patient portal allowspatients to enter their personal information, which is reviewedlater.
Consof Electronic Health Records
Use of electronic data requires strong protection from unauthorizedaccess. The system requires great diligence that will shieldimportant information from cyber criminals who can hack the system.
There is also reported danger of ransom ware, where malicious peopleuse malware in the system that holds hostage any recorded informationuntil they are paid a stated amount of money. The malware leads toloss of patients’ data and the system run slow. Such situationrequires an installation of robust security software. A cloud-basedsystem has proved its efficiency where you can back up your data andstill recover it.
Another con is from vendors who provide a system that is not updated.Lack of update will result in a system not coping with the futurechanges, which might occur with the technology.
Advantageof using eClinicalWorks system
The system provides an up-to-date and accurate data. It givescomplete information about a patient. Besides, the system enablesfast access to patient information for better health care. It alsosecurely shares electronic information with clinicians from differenthealth facilities. The system helps in reducing the medical errorsthat occur during diagnosing and data recording King,Patel, Jamoom and Furukawa, 2014). The systemfacilitates better communication between patient and the healthproviders. Notably, the system has facilitated in providing a betterprescription.
It has increased the security and privacy of the patient’s data.The patient’s data cannot be accessed without users’authentication. It has also minimized paperwork which was expensive,low safety and less efficient. Hence, the system has collectivelyresulted in improved productivity and facilitated work balance in thehealth facilities.
The system requires high capital to buy and install. The cost isconsidered high than that of using papers and files. Training alsoincreases the expenses. In addition, it has observed that doctors orclinicians are learning and adopting how to use the system spend mostof their time concentrating on the system rather than on the patient(Kho et al.,2013). Hence, this leads to poor health care servicesdue to the divided attention. Similarly, in crowded healthfacilities, doctors are disturbed by inefficient systems thatexperience frequent breakdown thus failing to meet doctor and patientexpectations. The system may lead to the recording of incorrectinformation or missing relevant data.
In addition, despite the security precautions, some hackers can stillaccess the information stored in this electronic systems. As aresult, it would disturb some patients after realizing that there isno privacy and confidentiality of their data.
In conclusion, use of electronic medical records has more benefitsthat disadvantages. The system appreciates the advance in technologyand radical changes in the health facilities. Besides, patientsreceive improved health services where they are treated quickly andunder close monitoring. The system has improved the health standards,and mode of storing information is reliable
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