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Computer-based medical records

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of computer-based versus paper-based medical records that you may have identified through your previous research. Be specific, and give an example of each point you make. Do you prefer paper-based medical records or computer-based records? Explain.

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Despite the fact that a great deal of information which used to be paper based, from library catalogues to telephone books are digitized and stored in a central location for easy access there has been a great deal of resistance in the medical field against the use of computer based medical records. Computer based records are medical records of a patient in digital form containing all pertinent information regarding a patient's medical history , status and treatment.

Computer based medical records have several advantages over paper based medical records. Medical records in this form minimize errors. Paper records are subject to many human errors due to misspelling, illegibility and different terminologies. "With the use of EMRs (electronic medical records) standardization of patient health records may eventually become achievable." Paper records can easily become lost through natural disasters and data is lost permanently. Computer based records can be stores forever and kept long after the paper-based records are gone. These types of records also help keep records of health information that patients may forget, for example: inoculations, previous illnesses and medications.Some examples of online services that can help with this include Google Health, Health Vault and Cleveland Clinic's My Chart. Computer based medical records consolidate data in one place while paper based records are located in different places and getting access to all of them takes time and money. In some instances medical tests that have been ...

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The advantages and disadvantages of computer-based medical records vs. paper-based medical records are discussed in this solution.