In the age of technology, it isn’t shocking that hospitals and other facilities are switching over to electronic medical records instead of having them on paper. There are many benefits to going electronic; such as there more legible and neater than the paper records.
Although there are benefits, there are issues as well. These issues include privacy and security, functionality and integration, meaningful-use, and legal issues.Healthcare organizations are familiar with rules regarding patient privacy and security of their information since the arrival of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). While there is normally HIPAA training in most healthcare facilities, EMR’s may require a bit more attention to the challenges that may arise.
Many believe an issue with EMR’s is the devices we use and how secure they are. This may make it easier for an unauthorized person to gain access to confidential patient files, and potentially distribute them. This is why many hospitals have incredibly high security and go through software updates so frequently. Another challenge is making the system funcional. Some healthcare professionals complain about multiple different logins to access a patient’s file that they need.
This makes using the system more time consuming and not as user friendly, because you have to remember all of the usernames and passwords. Providers do this to ensure the security of the records. Which in the long run is better for the facility and why many facilities refuse to change this because although it is a hassle to whoever is accessing the software it helps with the security of the patients information.Center for medicare and medicaid services (CMS) created an incentive program, which provides information on steps that the provider are required to show that they haven’t inentionaly limited or restricted the interoperability of their certified EHR technology (CEHRT). CMS has provided a list of what makes a healthcare facility eligible to be a meaningful user. This includes providing patients with an electronic copy of their health information upon request.The system the healthcare facility uses may bring certain legal risk for the providers. This may include medical malpractice claims while learning how to use the software.
The EMS also affects the lawsuit as it by increasing the availability of the patients health record to prove or defend the claim. They can also prove timing as the EMR jots the time you logged in and put information in everytime. However, only in civil trials can this information be found depending on the state laws.Many believe that with EMRs come less errors. Just like a reliance on spell check can leave a paper with errors because people tend to get dependent on spell check. The same thing happens with an EMR system, and can lead to legal issues.
An example of this can be that a provider can prescribe an incorrect medication all because of the click of a mouse.The Obama administration worked to stop improper billing which include EMRs. The Office of Inspector General’s 2012 Work Plan was the first work plan in which the agency specifically names EMRs that needed to be reviewed. This also had planned to review the incentive plans I mentioned in paragraph five.