Wgu Nut1 Task 1 Essay

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NUT 1 Task 1
Western Governors University

Outline
Multimedia Presentation
What is an EMR? Importance of Information Access Personal Health Information (PHI) Security Quality Improvement Roles of Implementation Team

Discussion Conclusion References

What is an EMR?
EMR stands for Electronic Medical Records. It is “a paperless, digital and computerized system of maintaining patient data, designed to increase the efficiency and reduce documentation errors by streamlining the process.” (Santiago, n.d., para. 1)

Santiago, A. (n.d.). EMR - what is EMR? Retrieved from http://healthcareers.about.com/od/h/g/EMR.htm

Importance of Information Access

How will the EMR system benefit nurses in their work with patients?
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WHERE can PHI be accessed?
The hospital, the clinic, the urgent care site, hospital personnel’s laptop or home computer.

According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) database, “more than 40 percent of medical data breaches in the past two and a half years involved portable media devices such as laptops or hard drives.”
(Schultz, 2012)

Often these breaches are not intended, but result in lost or stolen devices that are not encrypted.
Schultz, D. (2012). As patients’ records go digital, theft and hacking problems grow. Retrieved from http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/June/04/electronic-health-records-theft-hacking.aspx

Many healthcare providers no longer keep electronic records themselves, but rather rely on offsite companies to retain PHI. These third-party vendors may have computer security that does little to deflect hackers or may have employees that gain access for nonlegitimate reasons. (Durben Hirsch, 2012)

Durben Hirsch, M. (2012). EHRs a major cause of patient info breaches. Retrieved from http://www.fierceemr.com/story/ehrs-major-cause-patient-info-breaches/2012-04-12

In a recent study by Kroll Advisory Solutions (2012), it was determined that healthcare

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