Successful implementation of EHRs
Successful implementation of EHRs will enable healthcare providers to have accurate and reliable access to patients’ information, thereby give improved disease diagnostics and prevent cases of medical errors improving patients’ outcome. Additionally, EHRs will assist healthcare providers in having ready medical records in delivering their services, thus improving clinical practice (Ozair et al., 2015). Moreover, automatic relay of patient information via EHRs provide chances to expose potential health risks such as allergies and alerting the emergency department of the risk to adjust appropriate care even in cases where the patient is unconscious.
Additional Benefits of Feeding Data to EHRs
Additional benefits of feeding data to EHRs from patient monitoring devices include risk management as the information relayed helps the care providers to make informed therapeutic and diagnostic decisions by considering aspects of patients’ conditions. Patient monitoring devices will help to provide medication reminders and medical alerts, thereby prevent liabilities like wrong prescriptions. Additionally, it will help to gather all the patients’ information in one place, thus reducing too much paperwork and filing space (Krousal-Wood et al., 2017). Care providers will also have an easy time to communicate with the patient and also offer a straightforward classification of various patients for easy analysis of aggregate care. Caregivers will also be assisted to prevent liability as they will have complete and reliable records, therefore able to demonstrate strict adherence to practices based on evidence.
EHRs can also improve health outcomes of the public as health records can be monitored from a mobile position and thereby making it easy to select prescriptions or give preventive measures on the population. Moreover, better patient care can be attained as quick and timely reminders of both patients and Medicare givers on attending to their services, preventing after-hours call and under-coded visits.
Legal, Ethical and Social Concerns On Use of EHRs
EHRs pose legal, ethical, and social concerns such as fear of loss of privacy and individual’s confidential information to third parties. Access to patient records can result in embarrassment and various forms of discrimination and stigmatization based on their conditions. When sharing the electronic files with those of the institution, chances of information leak is high; therefore, health records are prone to be misused by commercial sites and other dubious websites for personal interests (Ozair et al., 2015). Social concerns include patients sharing their personal information with their caregivers and family who may unintentionally leak data to other parties. Additionally, patients may decide to withhold specific information to the health provider, which may jeopardize the quality of care given. Presence of different federal laws presents a legal difficulty as each state has limitations on the extent of privacy and security of health sharing.
Vendors, Safety and Reliability of Patient Monitoring Devices to EHR
Additional concerns of connecting patient monitoring devices to IoT include the ability to integrate multiple devices which measure different conditions. Moreover, there are different protocols in grouping health information due to the lack of homogeneity in the successful implementation of connectivity. With the large population with various conditions, successfully aggregating and consolidating data may be a problem. Identifying and sorting out data from a large volume of streaming data poses too tricky to the physicians without the help of data experts (Krousel-Wood et al, 2017). EHRs software vendors need to present software with the ability to integrate various data into one place to avoid multiple layers of patients information. Additionally, federal laws should be reviewed to enable the secure exchange of information between states and reduction of other legal barriers. Education and training of physicians and clinicians on the handling of large volumes of data are essential to prevent errors and misinterpretation of data on the EHRs.
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Ozair, F. F., Jamshed, N., Sharma, A., & Aggarwal, P. (2015). Ethical issues in electronic health records: A general overview. Perspectives in clinical research, 6(2), 73.