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(1) I’m a traditionalist at heart because, for all the hype about technology, in my opinion, a traditional filing system is more reliable. “An electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users. While an EHR does contain the medical and treatment histories of patients, an EHR system is built to go beyond standard clinical data collected in a provider’s office and can be inclusive of a broader view of a patient’s care.”(HealthIT.gov, 2017)
Now that I have defined what EHR is and does, let’s look at its obvious advantages, which are: When pulled up, a EHR provides a complete medical history. It does increase patient safety because only authorized personnel will have access to patient records, plus there is a reduction in medical errors, that result in trying to decipher someone’s handwriting, and finally, there is the increase in quality of care.
The disadvantages of using an EHR system are as follows: Privacy/confidentiality concerns, this is because patient information is usually shared with more than one clinic or hospital, and even those authorized to handle sensitive information can take advantage. Plus, EHR systems are costly to obtain and even more costly to manage.
Hard copy records or what I like to refer to as a traditional filing system is easier to manage. You simply put the patient information in their respective file and pull the file when it is needed. However, dome of the draw backs are paper files tend to get lost, they are sometimes hard to read, and they must be retained and then stored at a permanent facility and at some point, they will deteriorate. I recommend having both systems as a form of back up just in cause of malware to the EHR, and eventual deterioration of paper files.
HealthIT.gov. (2017, July 10).What is an electronic health record (EHR)?Retrieved from HealthIT.gov: https://www.healthit.gov/
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) ACT was passed in 2009 and it rewarded healthcare providers and organization for adopting an electronic health records systems and using it properly. It was strongly believed that having a computerized system would positively affect patient care.
There are many advantages to using electronic patient records compared to hard copy records. An electronic record minimizes the amount of errors due illegible handwriting. One can easily share information amongst physicians especially when a patient has a large number of physicians in charge of their care. Doctors and nurses are current with accurate, up to date information on patients and it is quicker to access patient records. Having electronic patient records decrease the amount of paperwork that needs to be completed and it uses less storage. There is also a lesser chance of misplacing records.
Electronic health records aren’t the complete answer. There are some drawbacks and disadvantages. In case of an emergency, there aren’t any physical copies to use as a backup. The cost of implementing a new system as well as the maintenance is very expensive. Some people aren’t quick to adapt to the change of a computerized system and might not be capable of using it properly. There is also the chance that the system might be hacked, and patient information is used maliciously. These are just some of the advantages to having hard copy version of patient records.
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3) An EHR, or electronic health record, is a digital version of a person's overall history and is maintained by one provide even though it may be shared with other medical providers or specialist if needed for correct information. On this particular file all of the patient's treatment plans and developments are kept, which is one of the advantages of using EHR . All is required is just to turn on your computer and log in. EHR can be accessed from any location providing you have internet. EHR will provide a safe and a sense of security which is a safeguard against hackers. Lastly another benefit of EHR is they may offer client portal.
As far as the disadvantages of EHR would be cost and even though EHR services provide exceptional service it can be costly especially if you are just starting your on company. Another disadvantage is the fact that EHR require maintenance, and problems can occur. For this reason you will need to have a skilled technician available at all times. If the smallest thing should happen it could cause your organization to shut down. There could also be medical malpractice issues, vulnerability to fraud claims, medical errors, and even HIPPA violations.
One of the biggest problems with paper records is the fact that you have to physically store them for so long, seven years, and you do not know whether or not you will move from your current location in that length of time. Within this time important documents can be lost. The files can also be destroyed by fire, flood, or when a person loses their computer. Lastly people tend to write more slower than they type, therefore, by using paper records can be very time consuming. Even though sharing documents can be easier it is very difficult if you have to fax or scan something because they would have already uploaded if done electronically.
Although EHR is a very good choice, it can not think for you so regardless of which method used don't allow documentation be an after thought.
(4) Protection of medical records during natural disasters
Personally, I remember hurricane Katrina back in 2005 when I lost my job, vehicle, and my place of residence due to hurricane damage. The office building where I worked at the time was so severely ruined that employees could not return to work.
Likely, in the medical industry, there are often times when vital patient information is lost during natural disasters. For example, during a hurricane, the roof is most likely ripped off by violent winds and all items including medical records as well as computers are destroyed.
Therefore, the advantage of obtaining digital patient files is that vital data is backed up electronically verses written or typed documents that can easily be damaged during a storm. Hence, a negative impact on utilizing electronic medical records would be if computers were to be completely destroyed during natural disasters such as in the scenario mentioned above. If that were the case then an internet cloud-based backup would also be necessary.
The following describes an incident in which medical records were compromised during a natural disaster:
At the point when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005, a huge number of medical files were annihilated, leaving occupants without an archived clinical history. Primarily at the Medical Center of Louisiana, large portions of a million medical documents in cellar file organizers were immersed. LIkely, just 25 percent of local office doctors had electronic wellbeing files. From that point forward, the utilization of digital documents has developed consistently, which makes files accessible during the storm caused destruction (Lamont, 2013).
As you can see, a clear disadvantage of soft patient record copies, i.e. paper files, is that they can be compromised by storms; however, when precautionary measures are taken, vital medical data can be protected. Therefore, backing up patient data electronically (making a hard copy) can be a greater advantage.
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Hi there! Could you MAke it 188 words for each one of them as I have four for you to answer Thank you!