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Running Head: Reflection Seven Reflection 7 – EHR & Data Collection IHP604 – Healthcare Quality Improvement Southern New Hampshire University February 26, 2017
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REFLECTION SEVEN 2 Reflection 7 – EHR & Data Collection Since Electronic Health Records have become mandatory with the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, there have been those who believe they improve data collection in the healthcare environment, while there are those who believe they are more work for no benefit. The following is an analysis of both sides of the argument. Improving Data Collection There were many limitations to records prior to EHRs. Prior to the requirement to utilize electronic health records, the data that was collected was only as good as the person reading the record. Handwritten records are limiting in their legibility (Hoyt, 2015). In addition, when records are handwritten, there is often information that is missed during the patient visit including lab results, radiology results, pathology results, and dictations (Hoyt, 2015).
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