Communication and Emr's

Communication and EMR's
University of Phoenix
                                  September 27, 2010

Communication and EMR's
      Electronic Medical Records are just beginning to become popular in hospitals and medical clinics. Electronic medical records have the ability to transmit information quickly and effectively. This paper will illustrate some of the benefits of electronic medical records, the importance of maintaining patient confidentiality and security, why electronic medical records are an effective tool in communication, has media and social networking   changed the communication in healthcare, and finally how have electronic medical records are used to market healthcare products and services.
Benefits of electronic medical records
      A paper filing system is immense and these files take up a large amount of space. Retrieval and filing and refilling of charts are time consuming and labor intensive. If the chart is taken, then only one department is able to review the chart at one time. This can cause an impact of not being able to access the important patient information that will be needed to treat the patient effectively especially in an emergency situation. Paper charting cannot effectively be used and searched to follow, examine, and or chart numerous clinical processes and medical information. Paper filing also cannot be saved or copied easily off the premises. Doctor’s orders and any corresponding information, such as labs and prescriptions, can be handed out, stored, and looked after more effectively in an electronic medical record system. Electronic medical records can also improve the quality of care for the patient by combining and joining together the patient information that is vital in quality of care. Electronic medical records “provide admitting staff, physicians, and other care giving and business professionals’ appropriate access to common patient data while maintaining privacy requirements” ("Benefits of EMR", 2003,...