Medical Information Systems

Running Head: MEDICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS                                                           2
There are several functions that are associated with a patient’s medical records. This record is used for not only to document a patient’s care but is also used for their financial and legal information as well as for research. The information in a medical record is shared by many different healthcare professionals; therefore it continues to be a problem with so many medical offices still using the paper based files. Even though there are several disadvantages as well as advantages, it is becoming more apparent that an electronic medical system could be more beneficial to the patient as well as to the medical provider.

Running Head: MEDICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS                                                           3
      In today’s world of healthcare, many hospitals and doctor’s offices are switching over to a computerized medical system even though there are as many disadvantages as there are advantages because of the benefits that it offers for the patient and physicians not to mention how it makes things run smoother in the billing department.
A brief description of Electronic medical Records (EMR) is that it is an information sharing system for both the patient and the physician. The Physician can add their diagnosis, prescriptions for the patient or any research that is done into a web based file and the patient and any other physician they have can access this file from any computer anywhere (Healthday, 2009).
As with any new system there are always disadvantages as well as some great advantages. With the ever changing technology, storing files and getting information quickly has been made easier and more efficient not to mention convenient to everyone in the healthcare field. Unfortunately as with any computerized programs there are the risks of security as being one of the biggest disadvantages.
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