Pros and Cons of Paper and Electronic Formats
February 24, 2013
During week four of interviews, I noticed that the majority of facilities have switched over to electronic medical records system. Those using paper system seems to use more steps to keep their records safe and experience more problems. Each medical facility is different with different needs but there are some steps or methods that are the same regardless if they use electronic or paper filing.
Facilities using both electronic and paper filing system will experience problems regardless. After reviewing my interviews and my classmates interviews, every facility seem to experience a lack of information on the patient when a new record is made, trying to find the correct information in the patient's file, and the lack of the medical staff documenting the information correctly. Those who use electronic filing experience trouble learning the new procedures or upgrades because there is not enough time given to them. Facilities that using paper, often have trouble with patient records getting misfiled. Both electronic and paper filing system encounter problems with patients who have the same first and last name. Extra steps must be used to make sure the right record is pulled up. Those steps might include asking the patient for verification of their address, phone number, or other means of identity.
Privacy is a must in a medical facility. Patients expect their health conditions or medical history to be and remain confidential. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a law stating that all medical facilities and personnel must keep these records confidential. Most facilities keep their records safe by using computerized passwords. Some of my classmates stated that the facilities they interviewed use back systems such as back up discs to store these...