Electronic Medical Records
Electronic medical records In today’s society, time is limited balancing professional and personal lives. People expect the quickest method of communication so they can get back to living their lives, without interruptions. E-mail, the Internet, and cellular phones make communication faster for people to get the information they need. Communication is crucial between consumers and medical providers. Electronic medical records are a mode of communication between consumers and providers. Electronic medical records patient records including medical history, treatments, allergies, lab work, surgeries, and physician’s notes relating to the patient stored electronically on a computer.
Benefit to patient Benefits benefit by using electronic medical records is the efficiency and the assessing ability. Patients can rest easier knowing that the risks of medical errors are reduced by using electronic medical records. Patients have access to quality health care because the provider is more efficient in the practice. The provider has more time to spend on patient care and spend less time on paperwork (Gellman, 2003).
Importance of patient confidentiality Electronic medical records make records safer for patients through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA was passed into law in 1996 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of the federal government (Gellman, 2003). Providers had until 2003 to be completely in compliance with HIPAA. The information contained in electronic medical records is protected by federal laws. The laws and regulations of HIPAA are very specific on who can access those records (Gellman, 2003).
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Effective means of communication Electronic medical records are an effective means of communication between patients and their health care provider. Patients have access to their records in the event of seeing a specialist. The provider
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