Excerpt from Research Paper: Electronic Medical Records While history counts the inventor of paper among the hundred most influential people in the history of mankind, the services of paper have proven to be doubtful during floods, earthquakes, fires and other disasters. With the invention of digital technology and computers, the man felt that possibly anything can be stored into data base in form of text, images and even voice.
Career News August 1, The health care industry is rapidly changing, and along with changes in the practice of medicine are changes in the business of medicine. Medical offices that at one point in time, set aside large rooms for the storage of current and past medical records are now slowly converting to electronic health records.
This bill has financial incentives in place for medical practices who switch from the old method of paper medical health records to the new electronic method, as long as the system or software is certified and practice can demonstrate meaningful use of the system.
Meaningful use includes electronic prescriptions, as well as electronic billing, among other uses. Pros and Cons of Electronic Health Records As with any dramatic change in modes of operation, the conversion from paper records to electronic records brings with it pros and cons.
Weighing the risk versus benefit of both sides will show that, although there may be a few reasons that validate some level of apprehension in converting, they are short lived and the pros offer many positives for the future of health care and the success of medical practices in a changing environment.
Cons Converting an office to electronic medical records will present some initial growing pains. All office staff will have to adjust from the way documentation in records is made to patient billing.
This will include initial education and practice on the electronic health records system or software put in place.
Most paper charts will need to be scanned into electronic form and placed in the new patient records. Older paper charts that are not scanned to electronic form will still need to be stored for a period of time.
The initial money for the system, the training and the hardware needed can be significant. This will also include the cost of an offsite backup storage system to protect the integrity of the electronic health records in the case of a disaster. Pros While the cons may seem to be significant, they are short lived and off set over a period of time and as the new systems gain more use.
There is also an additional financial bonus for practices in rural and underserved areas. This will reduce billing errors, coding errors, and rejected claims while increasing revenue. Prescriptions will be sent electronically reducing wait times. This will make it easier to get information when needed, switching between providers and when records are needed in emergency situations.
When looking at the change from old cumbersome paper health records to the new electronic health records systems, there are pros and cons. There are many different systems and choices available for every level of health care, as well as the support necessary to make the conversion as seamless as possible.
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and go paperless. Electronic medical record (EMR) systems, defined as "an electronic record of health-related information on an individual that can be created, gathered, managed, and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff within one health care organization," have the potential to provide substantial benefits to physicians, clinic practices, and health.
The terms Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are often used interchangeably by health care providers when in fact there is a subtle difference between EHRs and EMRs. Electronic Medical Records and Electronic Medical Records are both digital versions of a patient's medical history and information; however EMRs.
Review the history of electronic health records (EHRs) and discuss the pros and cons of EHR systems.
How do EHRs help maintain accurate patient records? Storage. Storage of medical records is an area in which electronic medical records seem to have the edge. Hospitals and medical providers often have warehouses literally filled with paper records.
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are safe, confidential records kept on a computer about your health care or treatments. These records are kept by your doctor, other health care provider, medical office staff, or a hospital.