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Electronic Health Records: Issues Resulting in Inefficiency

Outpatient electronic medical systems have enormous potential to improve quality and efficiency. Unfortunately, they can also reduce quality and efficiency if not properly designed and implemented. Please discuss six significant ways an electronic medical record system (EHR) could reduce quality and efficiency and how systems should be designed to prevent this from happening.

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1) Integration issues
2) Lack of training / proper usage
3) Diffusion of tech
4) Security
5) Finances
6) Tech improvement

Electronic health records can be extremely useful in the right contexts and if implemented properly. The issues arise when the implementation process (to use the term broadly) doesn't take into account the limitations of the environment it is being implemented in.

For example, if an organization's operations are highly dependent on efficient and effective cross communication between various organizations (e.g. Toronto, Ontario's large network of major hospitals), then each organization must use a system that makes it easy to share and communicate such information with each other. If one organization adopts a system, and the rest of the network does not, information to be shared is now in two different formats: electronic and non-electronic. Worse, if two organizations use two EHR systems that are not compatible, then their respective ...

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Six main issues with electronic health records are briefly discussed in the context of how they may contribute to inefficiency and reduction in quality of care. 632 words.