Electronic Medical Records a Cure for Health Care Case Study

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1.) Identify and describe the problem in this case.
The problem in this case is medical record keeping. About 12 percent of healthcare spending goes towards medical recordkeeping. Medical records have been kept in files and folders, which causes difficulty in accessing and sharing information. This problem could be maintained with electronic medical systems.

2.) What people organization and technology factors are responsible for the difficulties in building electronic medical record systems? Explain your answer.

Building an electronic medical record (EMR) system comes with difficulties. These difficulties include; people, organization and technology factors. The people factor in this involves, doctors, government agencies, insurance companies, and patients.

For doctors the difficulty comes with the extended hours of training it will take for them to successfully use an EMR system. Doctors are already pressed for time and learning to successfully use an EMR system could take up to 20 hours of training. Government agencies play a big role in having a successful EMR system. The short term goal is for every medical facility to have an EMR system in place by the year 2015. The problem comes with the long term goal, of having a fully functioning EMR system nation wide. There are different systems that can be integrated into a medical facility, but not all of these different systems will be comparable with one another. This causes problems when it comes to nation wide accessibility. Insurance companies also play a role in EMR systems. With an EMR system claims will be able to be processed immediately. Another problem comes with people; some are worried about the confidentiality of online medical records.

The organizations that are responsible in building an EMR system include many different health technology companies. These companies have developed many different health record structures. With all of these different structures available it puts...
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