Will Electronic Medical Records Really Improve Health Care

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Disadvantages of EMR a. No singular software package in industry b. Data security and integrity c. Date and time stamp liabilities d. Lack of industry-accepted social framework e. Lack of cooperation opportunity IV. Conclusion Works Cited Introduction There are multiple advantages in the health care organization for implementing an electronic medical records system, designed to replace paper documentation pertaining to patient care, patient history, and clinical practice related to the organization. The electronic medical records system (EMR) consists of various or stand-alone software packages in which vital clinical information and patient data are input into a computerized system. EMR allows the health care organization to input exacting patient interventions, insurance information, keep track of referrals, and a host of other documentation that has traditionally been maintained in paper format. It is designed to facilitate more timely patient responses during patient/physician interventions and improve the total efficiency of the organization and those support staff members involved in the health care service cycle. …
Growth in insurance documentation, depth of clinical analyses, and other important supplementary documentation require a significant storage space within the organization. For instance, in a typical patient/physician intervention lasting seven to ten minutes, physicians spend twenty-five percent of this time searching through paper documentation (NASBHC 1). In an organization without an EMR system, retrieval times for accessing paper charts can be extensive especially for organizations requiring 300 square feet of storage for these documents. Common problems with maintaining traditional paper systems are lost charts and poorly coordinated billing information. By installing EMR, the prevalence of lost charts can be reduced from an average of eleven percent to under one percent by facilitating more effective document retrieval (NASBHC 2). Removing large-scale storage needs allows the organization to allocate rooms to better and more efficiently serve patients rather than having a complicated paper storage system within the business. Physicians that are forced to spend twenty-five percent of their time searching for paper documentation rather than intervening with patients diminishes productivity and can also lead to patients defecting to another health care provider due to high wait times to meet with health care staff. Simon Fraser University supports this, offering that productivity is known to increase and frequency of lost patient data is reduced with adoption of EMR (SFU 2). In terms of storage and data retrieval times, the benefits appear obvious toward implementation of the EMR system. The electronic medical records system also maintains advantages in terms of increasing workflow process efficiency. In a typical health care facility