Assignment On Electronic Health Records

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Running head: EFFECTIVENESS OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS IN AGED CARE Effectiveness of electronic health records in aged care for nursing homesName of the student:Name of the University:Author Note:
1EFFECTIVENESS OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS IN AGED CARETable of ContentsIntroduction:2Background context:2Methodologies in EHR:3Previous studies on effectiveness of aged care:4Mainstream versus alternative viewpoints:5Principle questions and verdict:5Conclusion:6Selection table:6References:10
2EFFECTIVENESS OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS IN AGED CAREIntroduction: One of the blessings bestowed by the technological innovations to the society has been theinformation and communication technology and it has found acceptance in almost all of thepublic service sectors including health care services. The introduction of the electronic healthrecords have been by far the most revolutionary breakthrough for the field of health care andhealth informatics. Health information technology can be defined by the process that can collect,report, manage and transmit medical data and information of different patients and keep recordsof the performance of the health care professionals, and electronic health records are the tool thatenables the health care facilities to achieve the same. EHRs are the computerized tools that cancollect, process, store and present patient information generated by the encounters and activitiesin any of the care delivery settings, which has been considered as one of the most important toolsn order to improve the quality and safety of the care provided. This literature review will focuson the effectiveness of the electronic health records in the context of aged care services (Jha etal., 2010). Background context: The origin of medical records can be dated back to the fifth century BC, and it served thepurpose of identifying the cause of a particular disease and document the treatment planfollowed. In the 1960s the paper based medical records were the mode of patient informationutilized globally in all kinds of clinical treatments. In the early 21st century, the emergence ofinformation technology into the health care sector brought forward the field of healthinformatics, and electronic health records came into being. In the current age, EHR is viewed asthe solution to the most of the challenges in the health care sector, and is utilized by almost all
3EFFECTIVENESS OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS IN AGED CAREhealth care professionals, such as specialists, physicians, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists,pharmacists, dieticians, lab technicians, radiologists and others. Many authors have opinedelectronic health records to be the revolutionary transition that, if utilized properly, has thepotential to change the face of health care altogether (Jha et al., 2010). Methodologies in EHR: The operation of the EHR enables the health care professional to record the heath careinformation about the patient digitally and the activities undertaken to carte for the patient in adigital format that is processed and stored in a database that can be accessed by the health careprofessionals anytime and anywhere with authorized access to the data. Undoubtedly theimportance of that in improving the care quality and safety will be radical, that is the reason EHRhas become the necessity in the health care industry globally. The operation of the electronichealth records is easy as well; the EHR comprises of patient identity, medical history,demographics, immunization status, medication allergies, radiology images, lab tests, vital signs,and personal statistics for the patient and the health care professionals are supposed to enter theinformation each time they visit the patient. The health care professionals have to make entryinto the EHR every time they take assessment of the patient, in order to view the data previouslyentered by the other health care professionals and enter the data taken by the health careprofessional. Following this simple protocol can ensure that quality and optimal care is beingprovided to the patient and the safety and wellbeing of the patient is being given the first priority.In case of the aging patients, it is even more useful as there are a lot of complications associatedwith the aging and frail patient and there a lot o safety risks for the aging patients on residentialcare like fall risk, pressure injury, anxiety, respiratory infections, etc. Maintaining a strict EHR

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