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Running head: Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology – C791 1 Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology – C791 Task 1 Western Governors University
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Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology – C791 2 A1. Advantages and Disadvantages of a System The technology now used as a replacement for paper-based medical records is Health Information System (HIS). This electronic platform gives the authorized healthcare team the ability to know their patient’s doctors’ orders, allergies, real-time test results, history and medications at the touch of a button. This a form of knowledge comes have a variety of advantages and disadvantages. (Gallagher Healthcare 2018). Examples of the benefits with HIS include improved quality of care, convenience and efficiency, saving space, patient access and financial incentives. The improved quality of care comes with clear concise doctors’ orders instead of the guess work of poor handwriting that increases interpretation errors. Convenience and efficiency occur with simply searching through electronically filled records instead of rummaging in a paper chart. Medication reconciliations documented can be easily reviewed for any drug incompatibilities. Having all records electronic saves space in a medical office or hospital as a replacement of having bulky papers and cabinets. Patients accessibility to their own records allows them to take control of their care and the knowledge to prevent future illnesses. The government has financial incentives and Medicare and Medicaid requirements can be met when establishing a HIS. (Gallagher Healthcare 2018). This technology when fully embraced makes charting, treatments and medication administration more efficient which then leads to more quality time at the bedside. The disadvantages of using a HIS are potential privacy and security issues, inaccurate information, frightening patients needlessly and malpractice liability concerns. The concern of hacking sensitive information of a HIS is the potential privacy and security issues. Inaccurate information could be in the chart and not updated between visits or seen by other doctors which could cause a delay in care. Patients can be frightened on what they see when visiting their
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Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology – C791 3 patient portal if they don’t understand the terminology. The data from paper-based charts may not have been completely copied into the electronic record and could lead to legal issues and malpractice liability concerns. (Gallagher Healthcare 2018). Technical problems and glitches can keep staff from giving medications, charting and reviewing test results in a timely manner. The time to train staff to the HIS, updates, implementation of program, changeover of paper charts to electronic, maintenance and additional software can be very costly.
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