Running Head: ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD 1
ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD 5
Electronic Health Record
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Electronic Health Record
EHR is a systemized digital chart that contain collective information about patients. The EHR at Practice Fusion offers free sign up which offers an experience that does not incur any cost. There are minimal requirements to sign up as only personal information is needed. Navigation around the record is efficient and easy due to the availability of tutorials. The information is provided instantly through the easy access from any location, making it relatively fast. Information security is enhanced because access to the records is only by authorized users (Shan 2015)
Charting with doctors is a feature in the EHR and there are many doctors present to attend to patients. Online services present at the system are effective because I have the ability to book appointment online. The history of a patient treatment can be recovered from the records for further treatment. Information from the EHR can be shared between doctors in different departments or facilities that facilitates treatment at different locations and facilities.
Acute care is treatment that is short-term but treats severe injuries and illness. Ambulatory care involves the outpatient care where patients receive treatment and go home the same day without admission in the hospital. There are certain standards that govern the EHR in this type of care. For both the medical care, security and privacy standards should be maintained. This entails that those who are authorized to access patient information should not disclose the information to anyone. This promotes confidentiality and privacy.
The EHR keeps lists of all the problem as per the standards for reference in continuous treatment. Medication issued to patients also have to be listed to provide a follow up. The EHR offers information on all allergies affecting customers together with their preventive measures. According to the regulations the EHR should be enabled to exchange and share patient information. The ERH has to be certified by the health and human services.
The web-based nature of the EHR poses as a threat to healthcare provider as records are vulnerable to hacking. Information leakage may damage the reputation of the provider. Healthcare providers’ maybe resistance to EHR due to time taken to adapt the system. The adaptation duration decreases productivity hence ineffective in initial stages. Doctor patient interactions are disrupted by the EHR due to lack of face to face appointments.
Doctors tend to overlie on the EHR systems to make decision which leads to poor medical assistance. The EHRs are relatively expensive because most are offered to patients for free and have to integrate with old systems in the healthcare. Change in work flow brought by EHR is not embraced by the providers as there is interruption. Issues associated with the use and maintenance of the EHR poses as a challenge to the providers (Wu 2013)
Features of EHR
The practice fusion EHR is absolutely free which makes accessibility easy for all patients. The EHR provides reports on various sections. There is an activity feed where the patients in puts his or her personal data. Chart reports are present and are shared among physicians in a similar network. There is a live feed from patients and physicians can contact a patient of their choice. The EHR contains patient’s history in terms of medication and diagnosis. Records of patient’s lab tests are in the system for doctors to analyze and prescribe medication through the e-prescribing tab. E-prescribing has a prescription history and email tab for sending dosage instructions and information. Centers for patients to receive disease control together with immunization records are included in the system (Basu 2012)
What impresses about Web-based HER
Accessibility of the EHR in any given location is an impressive aspect and advantage. No charges incurred when accessing the services as the EHR is free. Booking of appointment online saves on time and is very efficient making it an advantage. E-prescription allows for treatment at the one’s personal comfort together with online billing. Availability of tutorials increases efficiency in navigation and accessing doctors.
Basu, S., Karp, A. H., Li, J., Pruyne, J., Rolia, J., Singhal, S., … & Swaminathan, R. (2012). Fusion: managing healthcare records at cloud scale. Computer, 45(11), 42-49.
Shah, N. H., LePendu, P., Bauer-Mehren, A., Ghebremariam, Y. T., Iyer, S. V., Marcus, J., … & Leeper, N. J. (2015). Proton pump inhibitor usage and the risk of myocardial infarction in the general population. PLoS One, 10(6), e0124653.
Wu, A. W., Kharrazi, H., Boulware, L. E., & Snyder, C. F. (2013). Measure once, cut twice—adding patient-reported outcome measures to the electronic health record for comparative effectiveness research. Journal of clinical epidemiology, 66(8), S12-S20.
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