Hr Paper

969 Words Jul 18th, 2012 4 Pages
The Reality of Electronic Health Records
Diedra M. Shackleford
HCS/320 Health Care Communication Strategies
April 25, 2012
Gloria Wilson, PhD

The Reality of Electronic Health Records
As patrons we understand how the expenses of shipping and petroleum can influence the price of goods we buy. How many of us reflect on the blow of managerial expenditure on medical care? By transforming our useless paper systems to state-of-the-art practice “management systems and our multicolored file into an electronic health record, or EMR, we can picture the force a few billion dollars might have on the cost of healthcare” (Hubpages, n.d.).
The EMR provides the prospect for healthcare organizations to develop quality of care and patient
…show more content…
Fortunately many hospitals “are now allowing patients to make or change appointments, refill their prescriptions, pay bills and communicate with their doctors, nurses, and office staff. Using their computers, patients are able to avoid multiple phone calls and wait times. Doctors and health care providers can send prescriptions to the pharmacy electronically, alleviating mistakes due to poor handwriting or the misreading of abbreviations by the pharmacist. With EMRs, patients can refill their own prescriptions and access an archived history of prescribed medications. Any forms can be completed online and most redundancies can be avoided. The days of having to fill out form after form with the same information at each doctor’s visit is a thing of the past. Put simply, EMRs have helped avoid a lot of unneeded frustration at an already stressful time in patient’s lives when they or their family is receiving medical care” (UT, 2010,).
There are several pros and cons associated with EMRs.
Much more secure than email, EMRs enable patients to privately send questions to or share concerns with their doctors and nurses. Unlike the telephone, the involved parties don’t have to be available at the same, and the ‘conversation’ is saved, archived, and viewable to everyone in the patient’s care network, leading to more informed

Related Documents