Paper vs. Electronic Paperless System

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Paper vs. Electronic Paperless System
Javelin Anderson
Davenport University

Abstract

Excessive paper usage without efforts to recycle or reduce consumption is contributing to budgetary cost for healthcare organizations. By reducing the amount of paper used per day, hospitals can reduce the impact of paper waste in our environment. Paper consumption cost hospitals in storage and removal of used paper.

Paper vs. Electronic Paperless System

Close to 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the United States. In 2009, Americans generated about 243 million tons of trash, recycled, and composed 82 million tons (United States Environmental Protection Agency). Office type papers are the second largest contribution to paper waste. Businesses such as healthcare organizations contribute to the majority of our paper consumption. Recycled paper supplies more than 37% of the raw materials used to make new paper products in the United States (EPA). Unfortunately, not all of the paper consumed is recycled. To reduce the amount of paper consumed by healthcare organizations, hospitals should elect to use an electronic paperless system for admission forms, billing, and medical records. [pic]

There are incentives for ditching the paper. In 2009, President Obama put into place what is known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery.org). This Act was designed to generate jobs, however included is a monetary incentive that would be awarded to healthcare providers who install Electronic Health Records Systems. Some argue that there are disadvantages to electronic paperless systems such as Electronic Health Records Systems or EHR’s. Electronic Health Records Systems may not be safe; meaning that if it’s on a computer system it can be seen by persons who do not have a reason for viewing or authority to view. The reality of sensitive medical information...
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