Ohio University Athens
Professional Nursing Practice
Description of the Electronic Health Record (EHR)
Electronic health record (HER) is also referred as electronic medical record (EMR). It constitutes collection and storage of patients’ health information using digital means. This enables easy sharing of patients’ medical information between different care settings. The range of patient data that can be stored and shared through digital format includes demographic information, medical histories and medication, radiology images, individual statistics, vaccination and laboratory results, as well as information on medical bills (Häyrinen, Saranto, & Nykänen, 2008). This purpose of this paper is to describe Electronic Health Record’s mandate, who started it and when, goals of the mandate, how Affordable Care Act is tied to the mandate, my facility plans and what steps are taken.
The mandate of Electronic Health records
The use of electronic health records was introduced in the US on April 27th, 2004 by President Bush. Most Americans medical records are to be stored in a digital format within ten years since 2004. The goal is for majority of Americans to have access to electronic health records by 2014. (Department of Health and Human Services, 2008). The aim of introducing electronic health records in the US was to ensure accurate storage of data and be able to capture patients’ health information across time. It was also aimed at reducing data replication and eliminating the risk of losing paperwork with patients’ information. Electronic medical records make it easy to record, modify and retrieve patient’s information. This was expected to reduce the cost of accessing medical health and ensure the majority of Americans have access to medical health. Electronic health records help in providing safe, quality, efficient and also in the reduction of health disparities. The overall goal of adopting the use of EHRs was to improve public health (Eichenwald, Petterson, & Wapola, 2014).
Both the mandates of the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and affordable care act (ACA) are aimed at improving the quality. Affordable care act was signed into law by President Barrack Obama in 2010. ACA was aimed at increasing the quality and affordability of medical insurance. The goal of ACA was to reduce the cost of health to the government (Eichenwald, Petterson, & Wapola, 2014).
My facility plan for electronic medical records in my health care setting would comprise, assembling EHR team projects, understanding the cost of using HER and the expected return from its use, and defining the EHR system requirements as provided by law (Häyrinen, Saranto, & Nykänen, 2008).
Implementation of the EHRs technology
The first step in implementation of the use of electronic heath records (EHRs) in my health care facility would be assessing myself and determine how ready I am to replace paper work with the EHRs. The second step to the...