Running head: IMPACT OF CHANGE 1 Impact of Change Team A HCS/370 March 26, 2018 Connie Melton
IMPACT OF CHANGE 2 (Impact of Change) Change is inevitable and this is especially true in today’s healthcare. Changes are happening so rapidly in the health information management area that it is easy for providers and staff to feel a little overwhelmed. However, this essay will highlight the impact of change and Behavior of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). This is a new way of storing and organizing patient’s medical information. Electronic Health Records, patient files are divided into sections where health care providers and staff can find the information they need to provide patient care (Etienne, S.). More meaningful use is a term that many healthcare offices needed to embrace quickly, many have already transitioning over from paper records. Migrating all of the old paper records to electronic form, require accurate planning and execution by staff, and sometimes externally contracted information technology firms that specialize in migrating health information maintaining, and securing the information. When game changing events take place an entire organization needs to be informed, and if necessary trained for the changes that are about to take place depending on the size of the impact the change carries with it. Preparing individuals for a large sweeping change can have a lasting positive effect if carried out properly. (Reason for Change) Today, management informed our team of a forthcoming change in the way we store and maintain our patients’ medical records, using electronic health records (EHRs). There are several reasons for this implementation. First, the organization implemented the change because our medical facility participates in the Medicare Reimbursement Program, and the implementation of EHRs is a primary condition of Medicare’s criterion for medical reimbursement. Second, electronic health records better safeguard our patients’ confidential medical records, in place of the traditional paper charting system. Third, the use of EHRs will reduce medical errors by
IMPACT OF CHANGE 3 preventing multiple medical records for the same patient, provides a readable format (i.e., electronic notes in place of handwritten notes), and aid in the prevention of wrongful coding and duplicate billing.
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