Essay on Implementing An Electronic Health Record

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Implementing an electronic health record (EHR) strategy for a medical organization has the potential, and capacity, to transform the enterprise. However, simply purchasing and installing an EHR is not enough to improve quality of care or enhance patient experiences. Leveraging advanced technology to full advantage requires extensive training, and for many providers, the learning curve is steep.

Training physicians how to access, organize and share data is critical for successful implementation. Here are a few tips to ensure teaching programs cover all the basics and empower physicians and their teams to exploit key features of their organizations EHR.

Sharability and Compliance

One of the key benefits of using standard EHR features is the ability to access and share data in real-time with network-connected stakeholders. This feature empowers physicians to review test results and consult specialists throughout the patient encounter. However, information sharing must be tightly controlled within the confines of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) of 1996 to protect patient privacy. To ensure providers utilize system resources wisely, teach them to verify intended information recipients are properly vetted. Generally, HIPPA allows hospitals to share patient records with internal team members, external medical providers/consultants, insurance companies, and affiliate vendors with need-to-know relationships that facilitate billing, research or…

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