Communication and Information Technology Paper
July 19, 2011
The electronic medical records are medical records that are computerized for the use of hospital or office of physicians. The system allows storage, modification and retrieval of patients’ records. This is efficient because it eliminates the records being paper based and doctors can record data at the moment they are talking to the patient. The effectiveness of electronic medical record errors is less likely to happen because everything will be electronic. By law health care providers are to have patients’ records for seven years. When a provider has to look up information on patients’ history al ...view middle of the document...
The implementation of the program can be expensive. The system can be confusing and more time consuming. With the new technology the employees may be unable to adapt to it. The maintenance of greater technology is going to be required. Also an issue that can be is system failure.
According to a web survey there are consumers that are willing to pay money a year for electronic medical records. About 90 percent thought it could improve medical care and reduce error in the hospital. Another 93 percent wanted emergency care personnel to be able to see their information which could reduce the error in treatment. “Most thought health care providers ask the same questions repeatedly and that EMRs could reduce wait-time in a doctor’s office. And just over half said they’d be willing to pay at least $5 a month to have their records stored in an electronic format” (Baker, 2005). There are companies who let consumers manage their medical records online such as FollowMe, RedMedic, MedicAlert and CapMed for about 30 dollars a year. There are companies that allow patients free of charge to input and store their medical information such as Medem.
The financial impact on organization using electronic medical record is expensive especially for small practices. According to the journal Health Affairs the payoff for using electronic medical record could be significant in the saving of national health care in the United States. The short term aspect of electronic medical record are saving of billions of dollars a year, managing medical record, reducing medical error, the death rate of chronic illness to be lowered, and employees sick days to be reduced. The long term aspect is the cost of having the electronic medical record system because it is expensive. “One...