Electronic Medical Records has several positive effects on the billing and coding process. For example, Electronic Medical Records helps to reduce cost for physicians and improve care for patients. Electronic Medical Records helps reduce medical errors for the physicians and unneeded diagnostic tests. The EMR can also help coordinate patient's information better such as diagnosis, medications, family history, and the test results of each patient on file. Electronic Medical Records helps to improve storing health information and EMR makes it easier to track results of each patient.
Since many health information infrastructure systems are relatively new, there is still variability in the implementation stages that different organizations have achieved. Additionally, most systems will have more than one capability that provides value, so the relationship between the system’s functionality and the resulting impact to patient care must be analyzed in order to determine the value it provides (Einstein, Juzwishin, Kushniruk, & Nahm, 2011). Value of health information infrastructures can be assessed in many different ways, including whether the technology allows the availability of useful information, how that information is utilized by staff and patients, and its impact on health outcomes. For information to be of value and influence medical decision making, it must be comprehensive, accessible, useful, and valid (Fitterer, Mettler, Rohner, & Winter, 2011).
Throughout the past decades, many acts have been passed in support of health information technology and the adaptation of such technology. Two of those acts, the HIPAA (health insurance portability and accountability) Act and the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act, focus on protecting patient health information and utilizing health information technology. Although these acts bring about many positive changes within the healthcare industry, there are some downsides regarding the implementation of these acts, as there are with many acts that are passed. Both of these acts provide security to patient health information, however, the HITECH Act contributes more to the utilization of the electronic health
The resources above expanded on knowledge concerning the definition, evolution, proposed outcomes, research and the technology of meaningful use of the electronic health record. Nursing administrators, staff nurses, and nursing informaticists all perform an essential role in achieving meaningful use of the electronic medical record to improve patient care. Certain authors referenced other authors proving that the health information technology field is indeed a tightknit community. The resources were well written from highly credentialed authors and were, for the most part, easy to comprehend. All of these articles were written for the nursing professional with the exception of resource
The ROI of EHRs article breaks down the importance of Electronic health records. Healthcare leaders need to have an open-mind about electronic health records to gain a better organized system. Health organizations spend billions trying to find a working system instead of changing to the electronic health records system. Most organizations are making their IT department play bigger role working along with physicians to make electronic health records a key component of healthcare facilities making EHRs an effective program. Electronic Health Records are important to improving the quality of care provided, being able to find a patients history of care at a click of a button.
PCPI- Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement In American Medical Association PCPI is oriented to improve the quality, and value of care to the patients by various programs including maintenance of clinical performance measures which are evidence based, measurement science, improvement of the quality of care with the help of National Quality Registry Network (NQRN).(1) NQF – National quality forum A membership based organization that works for improvements in quality of healthcare. It implements a national strategic plan for healthcare quality measurement and reporting.
If patients lack trust in Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), Having an unsure feeling that the confidentiality and accuracy of their electronic health information is at risk, they may not want to share their health information. Restraining their health information could have life-threatening consequences. Therefor, This is a reason why it’s so important to assure the privacy and security of health information. When patients own your trust and health information technology (health IT) enough to share their health information, doctors will have a more complete picture of patients’ overall health and together, the doctor and their patient can make more-informed
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act promoted the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology. This Act enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. It encouraged the widespread use of electronic health records across the country; the largest in United States to date. The purpose of this paper will summarize the benefits of an Electronic Health Record. The three key functionalities of Electronic Health Records are computerized order entry systems, health information exchange and clinical decision support systems.
I have gained knowledge about informatics. I have learned about the great importance of electronic medical records (EMR) to the current and future of patient charting and documentation. I have gain skills in how patient portals work, their purpose, as well as their importance to patient self-efficacy. My attitude has always been positive to the importance of informatics. I believe that change in health care can be difficult and very hard.
A patients medical history that is kept over time by a health provider and is found in an electronic version which reffered to as a electronic health record. Health records contain a patients admission, encounter, treatment and discharge (Davis & LaCour, 2014). Electronic health records go more in depth with information that is received from a patient under their care. There is more information that may be included in an electronic health record such as a particular provider, demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, vital signs, immunizations, laboratory data and reports (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012).
An EHR is an integrated medical record system with the ability to transfer information from many sources like radiology images, immunizations, prescription orders, and laboratory results. There are many options for EHR’s that can deliver advanced communication and management of clinical decision support. These systems have the proven reliability of decreased medical errors; significantly improve the quality of care, and save valuable clinical staff time. The cost saving and improved efficiencies are achieved by reducing medical errors, increasing clinical staff accessing speed of patient records, reducing the adverse drug interactions. This ability quantified by providing management and clinical decision support to considerably increase health outcomes and the quality of patient healthcare.
Interestingly, the findings from the review of literature shed light to the challenges nurses encounter with the implementation of electronic health records and identify areas for improvement that could be made in an effort to achieve the goals of the HITECH act. Based on the review of literature, overall, the electronic health record is seen as a positive aspect to assisting nurses in providing positive outcomes for patients. However, challenges still exist with the daily utilization of the EHR, with communication among healthcare providers and interdisciplinary teams. These challenges present nurses with great difficulty as they attempt to provide care to their patients. Because some nurses continue to struggle with utilizing the electronic
Electronic Health Records and Patient Confidentiality Technology has become an essential part of our everyday life therefore, it makes sense that doctors and hospitals get rid of the old fashioned paper charting and use technology to access patient records. Electronic health records (EHR) provide quick access to information, as doctors no longer have to wait for other providers to fax previous records to them. The accessibility of Electronic Health Records assist medical providers to make quick medical care decisions, by accessing previous care provided to patients including treatment and diagnosis. Quick access to information through EHR enables health care providers to treat patients faster as there is no need for records to be mailed or