Electronic Health Records

ElectronicHealth Records

ElectronicHealth Records

Electronicallygenerated health records offer real-time patient health records whichprovide instant availability of patient information through secureaccess by authorized users. Organizations have to purchase technologythat will have a positive contribution to their activities and mustrelate to their strategic plans. Organizations that provide healthcare must adopt technology that will sufficiently assist in theprocessing of health records. The strategic plan of most healthinstitutions focuses on the long-term collection of patient data andsafety storage of such information. Institutions should thusconcentrate on adopting technologies that are in line with theirstrategic plans (Silow-Carroll et,al.,2012). Health institutions have to adopt information technologiesthat are less complex and encompass automation of most processes inthe facility.

Incentiveprograms have been developed to encourage the implementation of EHRby eligible hospitals and professionals. These incentives areprovided by Medicare and Medicaid so as tosupport the upgrade and demonstration of proper use of certifiedtechnologies in Electronic Health Record. Medicare and Medicaid EHRIncentive Programs provide financial motivations inclusive of $44,000and $63,750 respectively to eligible professionals. Hospitals mayqualify for EHR incentive payments of $2 million or more. The Centerfor Medicaid Services manages these allocations (EHRIncentives and Certification, 2013).

EHRhas contributed tremendously to the nursing department as it aids inthe accurate collection, recording, and protection, and storage,utilization, analyzing, and reporting of patients’ information.This career also assists in opening opportunities for innovation andfurther research on the already developed EHR (Hoerbst andAmmenwerth, 2010).

Thenurses in spite of tending to the patients and other health careduties, they also have a role in implementing EHR in organizations.These nurses, commonly known as nurse informatics, perform variousfunctions such as evaluation and selection of suitable technology,customizing the functionality of EHR to fit their intended purpose,conduct research in technologies that could be adopted in the healthsector and disseminate the acquired knowledge to the authorities foradoption.


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Silow-Carroll,S., Edwards, J. N., &amp Rodin, D. (2012). Using electronic healthrecords to improve quality and efficiency: the experiences of leadinghospitals. IssueBrief (Commonw Fund),17,1-40.

EHRIncentives and Certification. 2013. HealthIT.gov.Retrieved fromhttps://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/ehr-incentive-programs