ChristmanWK2 - Electronic Records

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Christman 1 Tiffany Christman/FTMYERS Instructor Hazel HHSM/Research Week 2 26 April 2010 What are the key goals for moving to electronic medical records? How will these be realized? The purpose behind moving to electronic medical recordkeeping is “to create an interoperable national system for the secure exchange of healthcare information”, explains Dr. Bill Crounse (Crounse). When former President George W. Bush announced in his January 2004 State of the Union speech his goal for the United States to be utilizing electronic medical records by 2014, he stated that “by computerizing health records, we can avoid dangerous medical mistakes, reduce costs, and improve care.” (Bush) Aaron Dunkel, the deputy secretary of the Kansas Department of Health expounded on this, saying the primary goal of making records electronic was to improve the efficiency and quality of providers by enabling the sharing of a patient’s files within their care team (Biles). Though each supporter has their own idea of which goal is the most significant, all seem to agree that all aspects of the improvement of effective and necessary communication regarding a patient’s care can be achieved through electronic medical record keeping. The purchasing of software system(s) to house the records and cost is a significant obstacle in making this first step (Swanson et al, 607). Noting this issue as being a larger stumbling block for smaller practices, Representative Kathleen Dahlkemper introduced a bill that would loan small businesses the monies to acquire and install technological related hardware and software, with a cap of $350,000 (GovTrack.us). This bill has not yet been passed into law;
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This note was uploaded on 05/10/2010 for the course HMHS HMHS taught by Professor Hazel during the Spring '10 term at Heritage.

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