Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records: Future Technology of the Medical World
Electronic health records (EHRs) are a certified, automated (electronic) adaptation of a patient’s health record and is used to not only upkeep their record and integrate better communication, but to report data and demographics to government agencies. The main goals of EHRs are to streamline patient care, reduce error, and improve productivity and lower cost. EHRs combine cooperation, collaboration, and interoperations in the semantic, technical and functional levels of healthcare (Dobrev 30). “EHRs are designed to reach out beyond the health organization that originally collects and compiles the information” (Garrett and Seidman 1). Through interfaces, Internet, and intranet technologies, electronic health records have been made available in all types of facilities (medical office, hospitals, nursing services, home).
Paper charting has long been in practice and it wasn’t until the 1990’s that the electronic version of charts was made available (known as EMR, electronic medical record). However, due to lack of principles, unknown cost and return on investment, problematic processes and scarcity of safety, a developmental delay was forced on their concept. In 2004, President Bush laid the framework for the blueprints of the EHRs, in which President Obama put into motion in 2008-2009. “In its economic recovery plan of 2009, President Obama’s administration outlined strategies to spend $19 billion to accelerate the use of computerized medical records in doctors’ office over the coming years” (Hamilton 7). Both Presidents realized how vital it was to have accurate records as well as a universal system to obtain health facts and figures to enforce better health care. Even though people we skeptical of the though of electronic health records, it would end up being a great advancement for health organizations and physicians.
Streamlining patient care is one of the aims of the EHRs. Increasing...