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the organization will first feel a financial impact at the time of implementation. Procter. and some possible improvements in the system. They know that their employees' ability to use information of this kind will be an important step for their organization and will help them reach their organization's goals. the EMR has been seen as the solution to the need for timely and location independent access to comprehensive patient data that can be integrated with respect both to type (clinicians’ notes. how the system affects consumers. & Slack (2003) say “From the beginning. This document will discuss the financial implications of this system on an organization. Financial Impact When an organization adopts a system for electronic medical records. para 2).” Electronic medical records are very accessible. 243. has been changed a great deal by technology. and the financial impact will . and Hartswood. Rouncefield. the system's advantages and disadvantages. how effective the system is.) and to time (a single patient-centered record of each and every interaction between patient and healthcare service providers) (pg. and the reception and delivery of information.Communication and Information Technology 2 Communication and Information Technology Health care communication. charts etc. Medical records technology makes it much easier to communicate the information about a patient from one provider to another. and so many health care organizations are adding the capability for this kind of system. medical imaging.
the 3 software. so that they can maintain and use the system. which decreases the mistakes that can be caused by misreading handwritten information. and decreased use of paper (wiseGEEK. because they must retrain employees as the technology changes and improves. the system will continue to cost an organization over time. The system brings financial obligations onto an organization. redesign. With these short-term costs. It does not matter what an employee's handwriting looks like because they type everything on a computer. An electronic medical records system makes paper files unnecessary as they are in computer files instead. 2005). employees do not have to struggle to read someone's illegible handwriting. servers. store files that hold the patient's information. of course. and hire and keep employees who can process. advantages and disadvantages. Some advantages of this system are that the organization does not need to store the many boxes that had contained patient information. they need to be stored in boxes for future reference. and computers will all have significant start-up costs.Communication and Information Technology continue through the life of the organization. because paper files for patients are huge. These items need to be purchased. increased communication time. 2003-2010). When the system is first implemented. Advantages and Disadvantages Advantages Using a new system of electronic medical records in a health care organization has. and train employees on the way that the system works (Walker. Making the switch to electronic medical records saves a great deal of space. and employees must be trained in how to convert patient information to an electronic form and how to use the new equipment. Along with . but the system also conveys other advantages and disadvantages when it is adopted.
4 Also. and other information in a patient's history that is easily available within the electronic system. This can be an important problem if the patient's doctor . because the organization needs to buy the necessary new equipment. because they have access to a patient's information like x-rays. and will also require time to convert their patient's files into electronic files that are stored on the computer.Communication and Information Technology both of these advantages. train their employees as to how to use the system. some people believe that this system depersonalizes visits with caregivers because they are looking at a computer while they interact with patients. time lost when employees do not know how to properly enter information into the system. It can be difficult to share information between physicians if they work for offices that do not use the same system or file format – say if a patient's primary care physician does not use the same system as the emergency room they are checked into. The high cost of implementation is a disadvantage. and choosing between the number of systems that can be used to store electronic medical records (wiseGEEK. it is a huge disadvantage that electronic records systems are available in a number of formats. they are recorded. and visits are now taking less time than ever. if records are no longer kept in paper files. electronic medical records make communication with patients by caregivers easier. Along with that. Implementing a system like this might cost a lot of money. it is likely that the organization will spend less money on paper for their office. Along with these potential problems. lab tests. a loss of personal interaction with patients. A patient's records can be unavailable if the records are stored in different systems in different organizations. 2003-2010). Disadvantages Some of the disadvantages associated with this system are the start-up costs.
Communication and Information Technology 5 needs their information quickly. or it might get a person disqualified for a loan or a job (Consumer Reports. and transfer the health care information of a patient. it could get them denied coverage by an insurance company. electronic medical records help a consumer by letting their doctors or caregivers get quick access to their medical records. which might ordinarily take days or hours to access. 2004-2010). (2004-2010). Everyone benefits from a system this efficient and effective. because unfortunately not all information can be completely safe when it is stored on a computer. or might have an effect on a person's employment or insurance situation (Consumer Reports. Impact on Consumers Organizations switching from paper records to new electronic medical records has changed the way that consumers experience how their information is managed. If a person has their medical records hacked by an unauthorized or unethical person. Their information could be released online to more unauthorized viewers. it could be sold to marketers. but it is inaccessible or takes too much time to convert or print. The system is not perfect but it does make . but can also affect consumers. The advantages and disadvantages of this system are not limited to caregivers. Hackers might now have access to an individual's confidential records. On a more positive note. Consumers now face some concerns about electronic medical records systems. safeguard. Information like this has the potential to devastate a person who is targeted by hackers. fundraisers. Efficient and Effective This system is incredibly efficient and effective when it needs to store.
There needs to be a method by which organizations that do not use the same format or program can be able to access the records of another organization – this is a necessary improvement for the safety of the patients and it must be updated. This information would be very helpful for people who are in a position to be unable to communicate information that their doctor needs. which lets a doctor or another caregiver have enough time to give the patient the care that they need to receive in the shortest amount of time. An organization that implements this system has the opportunity to communicate information that could save lives quickly and accurately. Electronic medical records lets patients and health care 6 providers access their health care information. but no system has no room for improvement. Security measures need to be improved and put into place to further protect patients from unauthorized people who might try to access their information. since they know that they information is being protected.Communication and Information Technology some situations better. Conclusion . This will improve consumer confidence and make them trust their physicians more. Improvements The areas of patient information security and compatibility are aspects of electronic medical records that could be improved. and it lets doctors run web consultations or write reports from their homes rather than their offices. for example if they are in the middle of an allergic attack. The system is efficient and effective in what it offers patients and doctors in terms of communication.
. Electronic medical records systems have advantages and disadvantages. but it can cost an organization money to implement and run a new system. is whether their information is available when they need it or not. but improvements to software compatibility and to security of patient information will help the system meet its purposes.Communication and Information Technology Electronic medical records seem like the perfect solution to patient information storage 7 and communication. and the major issues for both. as far as consumers are concerned. The system today is efficient and effective to a certain extent.
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