Electronic Health Records: The Importance And Benefits Of Electronic Medical Records

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Electronic Medical Records

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are a collection of patient information that is stored and accessible digitally. EMRs make medical records more readily accessible to healthcare professionals by making records available from virtually any computer. EMRs were introduced in 1972 to improve accuracy and efficiency of creating, editing, adding to, and reviewing medical records (Electronic Health Records, 2012).

Quality of Care

It is arguable that EMRs have greatly enhanced the quality of medical care. New England Journal of Medicine, found evidence that practices with EHR provided better quality care (Benefits of EHRs, 2014). EMRs improve care coordination by more effectively and efficiently the sharing
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American action forum also states that improving medical records to one hundred percent electronic is very important for the adaptability of the health care field. The trillions of dollars spent in the health care field could potentially be reduced by using updated medical record systems. Starting near the beginning of 2015 centers for Medicaid began giving out nearly thirty million dollars of incentives for physicians who switch to EMR (Electronic Medical Record Systems, 2013). Following the Hitech Act there was a large push for updating the way medical records were kept. Nearly half a million healthcare organizations took advantage of this incentive and transferred to …show more content…
By 2009 nearly everyone in the country had a computer in their home, but as stated by the American action forum only twenty two percent of office based physicians had electronic based medical records. Medicaid and Medicare providers saw that there would be an advantage of having the entire health care system on one visible database. To initiate a system wide transition large benefits for physician had to be presented. The main reason these incentives had to be given is due to the overall large cost of moving all medical records to an electronic system. The cost of switching is the reason for the delay of the entire health care field to a networked database of medical records.

It is arguable that pros outweigh cons for initiating a total switch to an EMR, such as better patient care and improved disease management. The long term effects could potentially reduce costs greatly by using EMR’s for improved preventative health care, outweighing the initial

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