HCS 490 - Week 4 - Communication Paper
HCS 490 - Week 4 - Communication Paper
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Communication Paper HCS490 July 18 2011 Benefit of Electronic Health Records In this paper I will demonstrate communication modality of EHR s uses in health care My focus is on Electronic Medical Records EHR and various approaches to using them Electronic Medical Records have become a vital tool in health care facilities They provide a uniform method of communication between doctors and other health care workers without the necessity for handwritten information that is stored in a specific location Necessary patient information can be acquired from various locations securely with a password Paper based records are gradually being phased out and being replaced by computer based records The transition is not yet complete but should be in the immediate future Electronic Medical Records are the heart of computerized health information systems without then much of modern technology cannot be successfully coordinated into the typical clinical work ow Importance of Electronic Medical Records There are several advantages of Electronic Medical Records 0 Organization and increased efficiency 0 Immediate access to patient information 0 Better health decision when EHR can be accessed by multiple doctors in many cases it will prevent repeat or needless procedures due to lack of communication 0 Standardization 0 Most important to many is HIPPA as it gives patients additional rights as they can have access to their medical information by means of a secure site Effectiveness of Electronic Health Records The dictionary defined HIPPA as a US law designed to provide privacy standards to protect patients39 medical records and other health information provided to health plans doctors hospitals and other health care providers Developed by the Department of Health and Human Services these new standards provide patients with access to their medical records and more control over how their personal health information is used and disclosed They represent a uniform federal oor of privacy protections for consumers across the country State laws providing additional protections to consumers are not affected by this new rule HIPAA took effect on April 14 2003 Dictionarycom 2010 Since HIPPA introduction in 2003 it has become an integral part of the EHR system originally it was created as a security measure for transmitting EHR s but many are concerned that HIPPA is inadequate of these set standards Difference in Electronic Health Records EHR are inevitable at some point all medical facilities that have not yet implemented a system will in the near future The main difference is how the transition from paper to computer will be prioritized and achieved Paper record leaders prioritize 0 Adequate work station and computers 0 Proficient Physician Information Technology person on staff for immediate assistance 0 Employees that are well trained in the work ow process to make the transition go smoothly 0 Making sure employees are comfortable and familiar with the new process and if not someone to go to with any question that need answering EHR leaders prioritize 0 Continuous ways to improve training and ongoing technical support 0 Making sure patient privacy is sufficient 0 Taking not of any physician that will show resistance towards EHR Media and Social Networking changes Communication in health care has changed dramatically there has been a startling growth in the amount of communication channels that address health issues The internet is a tool used by both physician and patient to reach out to one another concerning health issues that do not require an office visit The media is yet another tool used by physician and patient to keep abreast of health issues that are being addressed this form of communication is more apt to provide information concerning certain health issues that also may not constitute an office visit Both of these methods of communication are very effective when an office visit is not necessary Conclusion The EHR supplies the fundamental foundation to allow the adoption and productive use of new healthcare modalities and information management tools such as integrated care evidencedbased medicine computerbased decision support care planning and pathways and outcomes analysis Schloefell et al 2 Though the benefits that reinforce the implementation of an EHR system are obvious there are still numerous obstacles therefore the theory is still not fully accepted by all References Dick Richard S Steen Elaine B and Detmer Don E The ComputerBased Patient Record An Essential Technology for Health Care Revised Edition httpbooksnapedubooksO309055326htmlindexhtm1 httpwwwdictionarvcom httpwwwncbin1mnih govpmcarticlesPMCZS 17887 Schloeffel Peter et 211 Background and Overview of the Good Electronic Health Record May 2001 httpWWW gehrorgDocumentsB ackgroundOverViewofGEHRhtm
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