Advantages And Disadvantages Of Emrs

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Register to read the introduction… These records are also used for financial and legal information, which helps physicians from lawsuits. However, there are three main advantages for physicians who switch to EMRs, which are qualifying for federal incentive payments, workflow benefits, and administrative cost benefits (MedicalRecords.com, 2009-20012). Since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, qualified physicians who are under Medicare or Medicaid are available for federally funded payments. Workflow benefits include an increase in accuracy, decrease in errors, and faster completion and charting of records. Finally, administrative cost benefits include a decrease in administrative cost, storage space, and elimination of staff that filled or retrieved paper medical records. However, like any other technology there are disadvantages. Although EMRs seem like a miracle they have do have some disadvantages that physicians need to take into consideration. Here are a few key concerns with EMRs: cost, limited quality patient time, and security (Gungor, 2011). The first disadvantage is the cost of an EMR system because it can by very expensive due to the installation of hardware, upgrading the software, starts up cost, and training for staff. The second is when switching to an EMR system involves a lot of labor and time, which may be less spent with patients. Patients may spend less time with physicians or nurses because they are spending more time figuring out the new system. The third is security because EMRs are vulnerable to hackers. Although firewalls are put into place, hackers will still be able to obtain personal health information or …show more content…
In this time it is going to have a financial impact on the health care organization as well as the consumers. Some of the short-term financial issues that may rise when converting to an EMR system include higher costs, increase in nursing staff, and an increase in patient complications (KnowIT, 2010).However, the long-term financial impact may be a lot more positive, since the organization has had more time to effectively implement it. The financial impact from long-term may include improving the safety of patients and decreasing health care costs. EMRs are going to be used in every health care organization and to make sure that they run smoothly there are some improvements that need to be made. The most important improvement that needs to be done is to have a better training program. All staff members in a health care organization need to be trained properly. This will eliminate errors and also protect medical information. When staff is able to correctly use the system they are more confident and will ensure that their work is done

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