Essay on Are Electronic Medical Records a Cure for Health Care?

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Are Electronic Medical Records a Cure for Health Care?

In the United States, healthcare remains a top priority and is consistently part of the national public policy agenda. Political leaders and healthcare providers attempt to address issues of quality, access, efficiency and affordability. Solutions to these challenges are being pursued through a great variety of strategies and methodologies ranging from adoption of best practices of patient care to negotiated contracts between payers and Care Delivery Organizations (CDO.) (Gonzalez, 2014) This writing assignment will take a look at the adoption of Electronic Medical records and show the strengths and weaknesses of overhauling medical records from paper to digital.
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Case related Issues and Questions 1. Identify and describe the problem in this case.
The majority of medical records are currently paper-based, making these records very difficult to access and share. Inefficiencies in medical record keeping are one reason why health care costs in the United States are the highest in the world. Because administrative costs and medical recordkeeping account for 12 percent of health care spending, improving those processes can lead to saving billions of dollars every year. (Laudon & Laudon, 2013) 2. What management, organization, and technology factors are responsible for the difficulties in building electronic medical record systems? Explain your answer.

Paper-based medical record system is most preferable for data keeping as it doesn’t require precise knowledge and proficient in using it. EMR system would enable to shift from paper-based data recording state to digital data recording state so that change management is the most important part for this case as it would allow managing resistance to change when implementing management, technology, and organizational change. * Management Factors: Change management that shifting from a current state to desired future state, Change in user attitude and behavior. * Organization Factors: Resources, Expenditure, Training/Re-training, Resistance from health care worker,

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