Electronic Health Record

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Selection and Acquisition Paper for Electronic Health Record
The electronic health record is the new wave of healthcare technology. Many
organizations is making the conversion over to electronic health record while some hospitals and healthcare organizations transition is slower. The electronic health record(EHR) allows many healthcare professionals to work in a more productive environment that allow for the electronic health record to be accessed by such professionals like doctors, nurses, support staff, and administrative personnel within healthcare organizations. The EHR makes the organization function more easily, save money, and allows the work flow to be more efficient.
The electronic health record system gives promise to the healthcare system by addressing two of the most critical issues facing healthcare and these issues are:
1. Controlling the skyrocketing costs.
2.   Improving the quality of care.
The hardships of these two issues are felt across the board ranging from patients, employers, and providers. “Reengineering the wobbly parts of this dysfunctional system cannot be accomplished without a vitally important new tool:   computerized physician support, including a comprehensive automated medical record (Overcoming Barriers to EHR Adoption, 2006).” The electronic health record is a digital collection of the patient’s medical history that includes such information as diagnosed medical conditions, prescribed medications, vital signs, immunizations, lab results, and other patient information such as height, weight, and age.
Within the EHR the following functions can be identified within the electronic functions can be identified within the electronic medical record:
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1. Order entry/ order management includes clinical test, consults, and medications.
2. Results management allows physicians to have access to patient’s records within the hospital or health system.
3. Electronic health...