Running head: ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Electronic Health Records
Michelle H Gay
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
There are many advantages to electronic health records but there are as many disadvantages to implementation of this technology. This paper will discuss the advantages and disadvantages that take place during the implementation process of electronic health records. This material was gathered from published materials. The health care industry is an organization that can prosper from electronic health records if the barriers can be overcome.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Electronic Health Records Society today is ever changing as is technology. Technology is
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Several solutions for each barrier can be argued that has been presented. One solution to the concern of interoperability is the fact that most hospitals, laboratories, and pharmacies are incorporating several electronic data exchange systems to ease the difficulty in connectivity among physicians. Support for a product that is purchased is only good if the purchaser decides to use it. In research of the EMR systems that are on the market today, almost all of them offer continued support throughout implementation and beyond. The only barrier that could exist would be the user not taking full advantage of the support given. A technology barrier would be the physician that was not totally on board with the new program. To be able to use all the options that the EMR offers, the physician must dedicate extra time to understand the usability of the program and believe that it will improve quality of care. This would not be a quick process and this could only add to frustration of the implementation (Miller, 2004). Several articles and medical journals report the increasing concern of patient privacy. According researchers, roughly 150 people (from doctors and nurses to technicians and billing clerks) have access to at least part of a patient’s record, and 600,000 payers and providers and other entities that handle providers’