1. Discuss the various ways technology improves the type and quality of care received by long-term care consumers.
Technology improves quality of care regardless of the type of patient it is. I will explain several reasons why this is so. The biggest part of technology in healthcare has come from electronic medical record systems implemented in hospitals and clinics. Technology has changed enormously in the last decade and has made it possible to convert a clinic from using paper to being completely electronic.
The functionality of EMRs as can vary substantially from that envisaged by their designers and even from those who purchase the programs. The purpose of this study was to explore how aspects of a medical practice culture affect the initial implementation of an EMR.
Legibility of Notes - No more dealing with various handwriting styles since notes are typed.
Accessibility of Charts - Indexed and easily searchable by multiple identifiers. No more searching the entire clinic for a lost paper chart.
Transcription Costs Savings - Many users have been able to save on transcription costs by implementing an EMR.
Space Savings - Many people are able to save space where they'd normally be storing shelves and shelves of paper charts.
Eliminate Staff - This almost never happens immediately. Usually this happens through natural turnover of employees and usually occurs with your front desk or medical records staff.
Eligibility for Pay-for-performance - It could take two years or more for you to implement an EHR and implement a meaningful quality improvement mechanism that would lead to your receiving payments from these programs.
New Physician Recruitment - Many new physicians are looking for practices that use an EHR and ...
The expert discusses the various ways technology improves the type and quality of care received.