Electronic Medical Records
Making healthcare affordable and accessible to all Americans is one of the top priorities of the federal government. In order “to reach this goal, the federal government and many medical professionals strongly advocate the implementation of electronic health care records” (Steward, 2005). What is an electronic medical record (EMR)? An electronic medical record (EMR) is a computerized medical record created in an organization that delivers care, such as a hospital or physician's office that can be “shared” between physician’s offices, hospitals, etc. “Electronic medical records have the potential to do great things for the health care industry. Such a system may decrease health care costs, increase the quality of patient care, facilitate better departmental communication, create less paper confusion, allow use with authorized access only, allow storage of digital images, and increase overall efficiency in the health care system. Electronic medical records can increase the ability to “identify and treat those who are at risk for disease, conduct vital research, detect fraud and abuse, and measure and improve the quality of care delivered in the U.S.” (Steward, 2005).
With the federal government mandating the implementation of electronic medical records (EMR) for all healthcare providers, how is this going to affect the patient? The patient will benefit in many ways from the EMR. Because their records will be stored electronically, it will save the patient time and money. In physician’s offices all across the country patients are seeing “exam rooms sport desktop computers, which physicians use not only for entering data on new patients sitting next to them, but also as a tool for discussing their test results or X-rays and going over treatment options. And if they want to e-mail their doctor to discuss them, they can expect a swift response” (Marshall, 2010). Some physician’s are also implementing a system in...
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