National Electronic Health Records Term Paper

A discussion on the issues health facilities face in their adoption of electronic health record systems.
# 150589 | 1,059 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Mar 19, 2012 in Computer and Technology (Software) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper addresses the hurdles faced by facilities in their change to electronic health records and focuses on a specific hospice organization that does not utilize an electronic health record system. The paper outlines the procedures this facility follows when intake is done on a newly accepted patient that ensure constant access to information and patient confidentiality. The paper highlights the potential drawbacks of electronic health records but concludes that if they are put into place in a safe, secure manner, they will enhance the care that patients receive.

From the Paper:

"The EHR mandate is a simple one. The goal is to create an electronic medical record for everyone within the United States by the year 2014. Although the mandate is a simple one, however, the actuality of this plan is not. Correct information must be entered initially and continually. Coordination of care and information must somehow be done in a way as to maintain accuracy. Privacy for patients must be maintained throughout the process. As facilities work through the change to electronic health records, there will be many hurdles to overcome.
"Throughout the move to electronic health records, there are things that need to be kept in mind for every facility. First, facilities need to "ensure that appropriate information to guide medical decisions is available at the time and place of care" (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), 2008, p. II). If the medical information is not directly available, continuity of care cannot be met. Second, having such a system should "improve the coordination of care and information among" facilities, physicians, and other care sources "through effective architecture for the secure and authorized exchange of health care information" (USDHHS, 2008, p. II). Finally, those utilizing the electronic medical records need to "ensure that patients' individually identifiable health information is secure, protected, and available to the patient to be used for non-medical purposes, as directed by the patient" (USDHHS, 2008, p. II). This is a tall order."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Duke University Fuqua School of Business. (2009, April 14). Ownership of electronic health information must be addressed. Retrieved February 1, 2012 from
  • Mercuri, J. (2010, January 15). The ethics of electronic health records. Clinical correlations. Retrieved February 1, 2012 from
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2008, June). The ONC-Coordinated Federal
  • Health Information Technology Strategic Plan: 2008-2012. Retrieved January 31, 2012 from

Cite this Term Paper:

APA Format

National Electronic Health Records (2012, March 19) Retrieved August 18, 2022, from

MLA Format

"National Electronic Health Records" 19 March 2012. Web. 18 August. 2022. <>