Electronic Health Records Argumentative Essay

Electronic Health Records
A look at the considerations and implementation of electronic health records.
# 144798 | 1,628 words | 6 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Oct 08, 2010 in Computer and Technology (Technology) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper examines how EHR (electronic health records) systems offer a full range of benefits for physicians, medical professionals and patients and how less than 20% of doctors are using EHR systems all over the United States due to lack of awareness of the benefits of EHR and the cost of acquiring and implementing such a system. This paper examines how, given the need for efficiency and accuracy in today's health care delivery, EHR systems are now a necessity and contends that if health care organizations all implement EHR, medical practice as a whole will improve.

The Need for Electronic Health Record
EHR System: Considerations and Implementation
Implementation and Transition

From the Paper:

"Medical errors will be reduced by EHR systems. As such, health professionals can avoid litigation over medical malpractice and they can be more efficient in health care delivery. Furthermore, costs can be reduced. Although implementing the system initially may be costly, in the long run, this will improve the cost-effectiveness of health care delivery. Another benefit would be the easier access to medical records. Since such medical records shall be stored in databases that could be accessed by medical practitioners who are allowed to do so. Implementing an EHR system would therefore be in the best interests of a hospital, a clinic and the medical industry in general because of the possibilities of inter-connection and the benefits that such systems offer (Raymond & Dold, 2002)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adler, K. G. (2005). How to Select an Electronic Health Record System. AAFP Website. Retrieved 24 June 2008 from http://www.aafp.org/fpm/20050200/55howt.html.
  • Evans, D. C., Nichol, W. P., & Perlin, J. B. (2006). Effect of the implementation of an enterprise-wide Electronic Health Record on productivity in the Veterans Health Administration. Health Economics, Policy and Law, 1: 163-169.
  • Kohn, L. T., Corrigan, J. M. & Donaldson, M. S. (1999). To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
  • Lohr, S. (2008). Most Doctors Aren't Using Electronic Health Records. The New York Times, June 19, 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008 from http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/19/technology/19patient.html?incamp=article_popular.
  • Murphy, G. F. et al. (1999), Electronic Health Records: Changing the Vision. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company.

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