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Personal health records (HER/PHRs) and EMRs have been encouraged to be used in the healthcare field. These records are the up and coming new improvement of healthcare. From paper records where patients would have to be carrying around to electronic records, it has been the big movement and transition. Having to have these electronic records means no more paperwork to be filed and no messy handwriting from physicians and other professionals when writing in the paper records. Electronic records are means to create an increased access to medical care information, correct the errors within the medical records such as any known allergies or medications and encourage participation in the healthcare decision making.
As mentioned in class, it takes an increase of fifteen minutes for a provider to enter the data into the computer and be able to attend to the patient as well. Constantly facing the bright screen rather than the patient and evaluating his or her symptoms, the patient often feels neglected. In the older population, even more prevalent, they feel that the constant use of these electronic records limits their doctor-patient interaction and many feel that the doctors are not attending to their needs.
Another disadvantage of electronic records is that it doesn’t target the older populations. This population are usually the ones attending to the clinics, hospitals and other medical facilities for their medical needs due to their chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and more. Many of these older population feel that electronic records are not great because it seems like the physician is attending to the screen rather than to the patient. They feel that with the increase of screen time and entering data on the computer, it lessens the interaction between the patient and healthcare professional leading them to feel neglected. In addition, the patient would probably be thinking that the physician who did not interact with me, how would they know what I have and know how to treat me. In this situation, there develops a less likelihood of a trusting and worthwhile visit. From those experiences, these adults are most likely to lessen the amount of visits to these facilities. Ultimately, this can take a detrimental toll on the hospital’s money making system. This can cause a backlash when new technology is introduced to this age group in particular.
Another disadvantage of electronic records is the cost and time for these installation of these programs into such a big facility like a hospital. The cost of paying for the program for each computer, tablet, and more to have these program installed is a burden on the budget. As for training, physicians and other healthcare professionals would be needed for them to know how to use the program which also adds to the spending of the budget that was allocated.
However, with only a few disadvantages of EMRs, I feel that there are more advantages in electronic records than disadvantages. Making the transition from paper records to electronic health records is a positive transition. Electronic personal health records has shown to have potential to be implemented into the hospital which is a place with a high volume of patients and increase patient’s knowledge of their own health. Patients are able to see their own records as well as the physician who is treating them. This can increase the patient’s involvement in their treatment and their communication with the physicians overall. With the increased in knowledge of their health, patients are able to develop and communicate with the physicians more, creating a more warming welcome and communication.
Another advantage of electronic records is the ability to have patients share their records with other facilities much more quicker and easier. With the patient’s consent, of course, the physicians of another facility would be able to see the patient’s records and past medical history with the click of a button rather than the long and dreading old ways of faxing over the patient’s paper record. The physicians are able to have this access and are able to treat the patient much quicker compare to the paper record.
The third advantage is that other hospitals and clinics are able to communicate with one another about a patient that has entered a different facility. This increases the interoperability of the standards and support of the healthcare facilities.
Having these electronic records available with clicks of several buttons, this can further provide other advantages into the future such as telemedicine. Being able to get a doctor to attend to your needs without even leaving the house or being able to find out your test results over on-screen face to face conversation rather than making the long trip and then the long wait time to hear the results of a lab or test of some sort is the advancement in technology.
Overall, the transition from paper records to electronic records in the healthcare system is a tremendous improvement. With some downsides such as increasing patient wait time and some disconnect with the physicians during the visit because physicians are inputting data into a computer screen, and cost and time for training, I feel that there are more advantages than disadvantages. Therefore, electronic records are a somewhat positive implementation into the healthcare system, improving the overall patient and increasing overall patient satisfaction. Because at the end of the day, with the implementation of these electronic records, every healthcare professional is held accountable for the data entered, increases the overall, big picture of the healthcare system as a positive and moving onto the future of technology like the rest of the world.

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