Benefition Of Electronic Health Records

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Healthcare organizations including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and physicians’ offices used to keep patients’ health or medical files in the form of paper records. The emergence of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) came as a result of so many factors such as the technological progress, the legal requirements and the accountable healthcare organizations. Introducing the concept of EHR to healthcare organizations and professionals was intensified in 2009 with the passage of Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) which included an incentive plan to encourage healthcare professionals to switch from paper to electronic health records. (Tripathi, 2012). As any new concept,
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The lack of organization that’s usually related to paper-based records will lead to the unnecessary repeat of examination, testing, and treatment which and the inefficient recovery of health information by physicians and other professionals who will have to collect patient’s health records, notes and charts from different offices rather than one electronic file. On the other hand, having a complete electronic health record in digital format that includes all the health information needed and which is easily and quickly accessible by healthcare providers at any time and at different locations reflects better organization of data and more efficient accessibility. (Pennic, …show more content…
According to Health IT (n.d), “If Medicare eligible professionals, or EPs, do not adopt and successfully demonstrate meaningful use of a certified electronic health record (EHR) technology by 2015, the EP’s Medicare physician fee schedule amount for covered professional services will be adjusted down by 1% each year”.( Para 1). The penalties can become even harder and more impactful if less than 75% of eligible providers have become meaningful users of EHRs by 2018, which will result in an increase in the adjustment from 1% point each year to a maximum of 5%. (Health IT, n.d). On the other hand, healthcare organizations that refuse or fail to switch from traditional paper health records to EHRs won’t be able to provide a high quality health service comparing to the organizations that took on that change and won’t be able to efficiently and effectively exchange and share health data with other healthcare organizations which will consequently affect the overall performance and image of those organizations which will become isolated from the

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