Management and health care professionals decide which electronic health records system is best suited for them. It must be effective and useful with the organization’s mission and vision. It needs to be up to par with the HIPAA privacy and security regulations. They must define what is the main purpose of the EHR system they are requiring. It makes it convenient from patients and clinicians to development. Electronic Health Records is the paperless type of patient’s medical information; it is upgrade by health care administration set up patient’s data which include medications, vital signs, past medical history, vaccinations, lab results, progress notes, and radiology results. It has the capacity to support different branches of health care. It reduces medical errors because of the accuracy, and clarity of medical information. It helps patients to make better decisions, and reduce repetition of tests and health information is ready faster.
Nurses can enter vitals of patients right away because the system is in the examination room. They can fix any errors such as medications names or if they forget to enter crucial information. Physicians go over test results and prescriptions new medications or manage previous medications; they can set up new appointments and test for patients. Administrations process schedules enter insurance information and can see if patients are approved for clinical trials or chronic disease management programs.
Electronic Health Records are covered under the HIPAA; they are safe and confidential because it deals with person’s health information. The doctors, medical office staff, health care provider and hospitals must have passwords. The HIPAA privacy rule gives federal protections for individual privacy concerning health information, and HIPAA security rule sets national standards that health care providers must abide for the security of electronic protected health information. “At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclEHRsosure of health information needed for patient care and other necessary purposes. “ (2014) HIPAA set up annual inspections of health care providers, and if they find privacy and security breach, they can penalize them. Some of violations of the Privacy rule might be punished by the department of justice as criminal prosecutions. Penalties are based on the date they occur, also were they mistakes of neglects; however, OCR is the department which notify entities of the penalties and give those opportunities to defend themselves.
EHR increase care for patients by being safe, reliable and reduce errors. It is useful to health care insurers, health care professionals and health care consumers. It reduce medical errors, decrease unnecessary tests and help patients to get better faster.
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U .S. Department of Health and Human Services/ National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from http://www.privacyruleandresearch.nih.gov