Electronic Medical Records
1. The majority of medical records are paper-based now and making these records very difficult to access and share. It has been said that the U.S. health care industry is the world’s most inefficient information enterprise. Inefficiencies in medical records keeping are one reason why health care costs in the U.S. are the highest in the world.
2. Cost and time commitment to upgrading record keeping system, 71 percent of physicians and 90 percent of hospitals in the U.S. are still using paper medical records and less than 2 percent of U.S. hospitals had electronic medical record systems that were fully functional. Many different types of EMR systems are developed and implemented right now will be compatible with one another in 2015 and beyond. No national wide software standards for organizing and exchanging medical information have been put in place. Training can take up to 20 hours of a doctor’s time, and doctors are extremely time pressed. In order to get the system up and running, physicians themselves may have to enter some of the data, taking away time they could be spending with their patients.
3. Non digitalizing medical records are spending more time and cost and its cause of inefficiency. Physicians and hospitals can’t access to patients records, their previous disease and their drug used before. In addition physician would perform some tests that may be tested before by another physicians and it’s not economical. Many doctors couldn’t read another doctors hand writings and it could occurs errors. Keeping papers and records have some costs also.
4. Having a complete set of information at their fingertips would help physicians prevent prescription drug interactions and avoid redundant tests. It will lead to improved patient care, reduced complications, and slashed its hospital readmission rate by 22 percent. Electronic records will reduce medical errors and improve care, create less paper work, and provide quicker...