Communication and Information Technology Technology is spreading like a wild fire throughout the entire world. In the United States technology is used mostly for communication and is done by the use of wireless phones, text messages, social media, and emails. In health care organizations the use of technology is becoming more popular. According to University of Phoenix Communication and Information Technology (2009), In the 1990s health care organizations have struggled with technology to figure out its purpose in health care. Communication and computer based information technologies are used throughout health care organizations to improve and change the structure of health care delivery, and to increase the quality of care that patients
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This technology also allows the patient’s primary care physician or PCP to stay informed to the care that their patient is receiving by other health care personnel. When physicians do not have to go over medical history, it gives them more time to spend with the patient. When there is more time to spend with the patient it improves the physician-patient relationship and improves the quality of care that the patients will receive.
Advantages and Disadvantages EMRs have many advantages that benefit both the patient and physician. 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