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also be able to see radiology, lab, and demographic studies on top of ongoing entered assessments by all providers of the care team. A major disadvantage to interoperability is when
Running Head: C791 Task 1 Health Information Impacta patient chooses to have a provider, specialist, laboratory, or radiology service that is outside the system that is being utilized at the health system of choice. Most EHR’s are not compatible with one another, so in order to share information between care providers traditional methods of print and fax, sealed requests, and patient personal transport of records must be employed. Thismethod decreases efficiency and functionality as all records do not read the same which can lead to misinterpretation, errors, and harm.ScalabilityWhen a health system, hospital, or medical group are looking to transition to electronic medical records one of the major factors in choosing is scalability. A health system needs to know if the EHR they purchase has the expansion capabilities that are needed if they are to expand. As the system aligns itself to other service lines, in order to keep cohesion, the EHR needs to have compatible software to integrate the information from these areas. The greatest disadvantage to scalability is cost. Electronic Medical Records systems with a high degree of scalability usually come with a high price tag, which is why smaller institutions usually have standardized smaller EHRs’ with limited capability of scale. CompatibilityWith large networks of physicians’ groups, specialty services, medical device vendors, and equipment contractual obligations, a health care system needs to look at compatibility of theEHR for the best degree of integration. As an example, a new neurology physician group intendsto join a healthcare system but uses different hardware in their office due to preference of graphics and simplicity. The best-case scenario is that the acquiring system has an EHR that can operate on multiple platforms without major modification. This issue also applies to different areas of a hospital. A hospital wants to ensure that all specialty areas such as emergency, O.R., and inpatient have well defined specific charting to their specialty, while also allowing the other areas to discern what was happening in those areas with ease. If the EHR was constructed the same for all areas it would be flooded with sections that were not pertinent to the specialty leading to confusion and improper functionality. A2. Patient Care and Documentation
Running Head: C791 Task 1 Health Information ImpactThe implementation of an electronic medical record system has several positive effects on patient care. One of these is the consistency that Electronic charting provides. Due to the nature of the system, all recorded information when charting by the specific care team (whether it be Doctor, Nurse, CNA, Radiology, etc.) charts in the same manner each time. Repetition builds both speed and quality consistency. The learned behavior of where to place
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