Electronic Medical Records
Axia College of University of Phoenix
One of the most amazing things about 21st century medicine is that it is held together by 19th century paperwork. Health information technology promises huge benefits and we need to move quickly across many fronts to capture these benefits (Still, 2005).
With the world of technology in todays time, things are can sometimes be a little crazy and out of control. I will be the first to admit that when it comes to technology and all its advances I hesitate, but after doing some research on Electronic Medical Records (EMR), I discovered there is not much of a reason to hesitate. In my paper, I will be hitting on some very beneficial factors relating to Electronic Medical Records.
I will start with time. Electronic Medical Records could save time. The average healthcare provider spends between 50-70% of their time documenting. Detailed notes can take five to seven minutes to document per patient and with electronic medical records it could take two to four minutes (Electronic Medical Records Benefits).
Electronic medical records could save lives. Studies show that doctors and hospitals that have access to electronic records can have fewer deaths attributed to a medical error (Ideas Changing the World, 2008). Up to 10% of facility orders and 15% pharmacy prescriptions are not readable. This results in up to 150 million clarification calls to pharmacists and prescribers (Electronic Medical Records Benefits). “Doctors are straight-A students in virtually every subject taught in school-except handwriting.” (Still, 2005) Safety alerts, built into many electronic medical record systems, may draw attention to life-threatening situations. Doctors are alerted instantly to any dangerous medical interactions or conditions of a patient with the use electronic medical records (Maine, 2009). Electronic medical record software could prevent medication...