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Communication and Information Technology
Health care communication and information technology provides health care providers with a way to improve and manage the quality of the delivery of health care information. Electronic Medical Records (EMR) is one type of communication and information technology. According to whatis.com an EMR is “a digital version of the traditional paper-based medical record for an individual. The EMR represents a medical record within a single facility, such as a doctor's office or a clinic” (whatis.com 2008). The main goal of an EMR is to deliver safe, high quality, efficient and cost effective healthcare information. Although EMR’s have improved the delivery of health care information there is still a need for improvement. Most health care facilities have implemented EMR systems. These systems have many benefits to the health care world. There are eight major features to an EMR system: health and information data, result management, order management, decision support, electronic communication and connectivity, patient support, administrative processes, and reporting. Health information and data gives health care providers immediate access to key information including but not limited to, patient medical history, patient allergies, diagnoses, test results, and medications giving health care providers the ability to make decisions in a timely more efficient manner. Result management gives health care providers the ability to quickly access present and past test results in multiple settings thus increasing patient safety and the effectiveness of care. Order management gives health care providers the ability to enter and store orders for prescriptions, tests, and other services in a computer-based system. This should enhance legibility, reduce...