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ADDRESSING THE CONTINUUM OF CARE Health Information Technology:
EMR In A Long Term Care Setting: Problems and Opportunities Problems/RisksA sizable amount of capital is needed during the initial investment, which many organizations may not have. There could be a potential for unauthorized access to sensitive patient information due to a lack of proper security barriers. Patient records may not be updated in real-time thus having inaccurate information. The electronic medical record may not be available/accessible due to a system failure.A large malpractice liability because of unexpected events during data entry, errors during transitioning from paper to digital format, and loss of data with possible permanent destruction (Thakkar & Davis, 2006).Staff overreliance on an EMR causing a decrease not only in the quality of care but the proper rapport in order to gain a patients trust.A patient may prematurely access information about their condition in which they may not fully understand causing them undue stress.
EMR In A Long Term Care Setting: Problems and Opportunities Opportunities The ability to access (update and modify) patient information, in real-time, from remote sites including personal laptop and/or mobile device. Emerging encryption methods allow for an increase in privacy and safe-keeping of sensitive patient information from unauthorized access.A centralized record-keeping system that allows all facets of a patient medical history to be recorded and updated in order to provide a tailored and comprehensive medical approach.The quality and efficiency of medical care increases because patient information is easily accessible and notes are written in accordance American Medical Association standards so they are easy to read by any medical professional. There is a more efficient use of space because many organizations utilize cloud-based technology allowing for more patient rooms in order to better serve the community. An electronic medical record allows medical providers to identify patients who are due for preventive visits and screenings.The interoperability within various medical specialties allow for an increase in medical acuity because all providers are able to coordinate medical care while reducing errors.
Legal And/Or Regulatory ConcernsDigital medical records could put the organization at risk, especially during implementation, for medical malpractice claims due to possible errors in data migration.Sophisticated digital “footprints” can implicate a provider who inadvertently review, or fail to review, essential information in the EMR (Richards, 2012).Medical providers could incur legal implications if they import, whether it was a mistake or not, clinical findings beyond their scope of practice along with electronically signing the document.