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EHR?stands for Electronic Health Records is a digital platform of a patient?s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users.?EHR contains 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.?One of the key features of an EHR is that health information can be created and managed by authorized providers in a digital format capable of being shared with other providers across more than one health care organization. EHRs are built to share information with other health care providers and organizations ? such as laboratories, specialists, medical imaging facilities, pharmacies, emergency facilities, and school and workplace clinics ? so they contain information from?all clinicians involved in a patient?s care.
EHRs and the ability to exchange health information electronically can help you provide higher quality and safer care for patients while creating tangible enhancements for your organization.?EHRs help providers better manage care for patients and provide better health care by: Providing?accurate, up-to-date, and complete information about patients?at the point of care, Enabling quick access to patient records for a better patient care. Securely?sharing electronic information?with patients and other clinicians. Helping providers diagnose and treat patients better. Improving patient and provider interaction and communication, as well as?health care convenient , Enabling safer,?more reliable prescribing among many others just to name a few.
Paper records take up room, and space must be allocated to store them. As paper records grow, many facilities need to buy or rent off-site storage, which can be costly and can present a security liability. If paper records are stored on-site, they take up valuable space that could be used for revenue-generating activities. EHRs don?t require physical storage space. When a practitioner or facility converts to EHRs, the space that?s saved on-site can be used for other purposes. Any costs associated with storage are also eliminated.
A greater and more seamless flow of information within a digital health care infrastructure, created by electronic health records (EHRs), encompasses and leverages digital progress and can transform the way care is delivered and compensated.
Tayefi, M., Ngo, P., Chomutare, T., Dalianis, H., Salvi, E., Budrionis, A., & Godtliebsen, F. (2021). Challenges and opportunities beyond structured data in analysis of electronic health records.?
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Manuel Ariel Garcia Periu
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Manuel Garcia Periu
An electronic health record (EHR) refers to the patient’s digital record of personal information concerning health status (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2018).?. An EHR system refers to a system that allows a health care professional to capture the patient?s health information, track the patient?s medical history, and share the digital information with the patient and other professionals and health care agencies. An EHR has several advantages over a paper-based record because of its digital nature. Some of the advantages of an EHR include enhancing efficiency in the sharing of patients? data, enabling quick access of patients? records, providing accurate and up-to-date patients? information, reducing costs due to decreased paperwork, and enabling reliable prescribing (Boonstra et al., 2021). However, an EHR may also have limitations based on its digital nature. Some of the limitations are that an EHR is cumbersome to update and retrieve information, an EHR is at risk of cyber-attacks, and limitations of an EHR can lead to dose timing discrepancy, which is a medication error. Healthcare professionals need to reduce the limitations by gaining enough skills regarding the effective usage of an EHR and the protection of patient information from cyber-criminals (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2018).??
A computer system facilitates information transfer by gathering and storing the patients? medical information, processing the information, and retrieving the required information for the health care professionals (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2018).?. The hospitals have a database of patients who have already collected their information and stored it in the EHR. Networking should take place between the server and the computers at the ambulatory facilities for the health care professionals to retrieve the information they require about the patient. The computer system processes the patient?s data to ensure that the healthcare professionals obtain the information upon request. Thus, hospitals should ensure that the patients? medical information is safe to avoid the loss of the information because of future needs. Computer systems continue to update the information as they capture additional data from patients. Retrieval of medical information should involve the use of the patients? biologically unique traits, such as fingerprints, to enhance the security of the information (Boonstra et al., 2021).?
Boonstra, A., Jonker, T. L., van Offenbeek, M. A., & Vos, J. F. (2021). Persisting workarounds in electronic health record system use: Types, risks and benefits.?BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making,?21(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12911-021-01548-0
McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. (2018).?Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge?(4th?ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.
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Edited by?Manuel Ariel Garcia Periu?on?Mar 2, 2022, 7:04:30 PM