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Need Post responses… 150 words min for EACH response, 1 source (no later than 5 years) PER POST, APA format.

This was the post: What was the HealthIT Topic you selected related to your specialty? Why did you select it? How will this impact your practice?

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Post 1

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My chosen topic related to my future professional practice is “The Potential Pitfalls of Electronic Health Records. Representing a recent development in healthcare, EHRs have become very popular in developing countries. The rate of adoption in the United States is specifically extremely high. While less than 20% of hospitals in the country used EHRs in 2013, more than 80% use them today with the coverage increasing exponentially (Bossen, 2015). Both the government and private sector organization are promoting the use of EHRs through policies and business strategies. However, while most of the people using this technology lack adequate information of the potential pitfall that could arise from the use of EHRs. I intend to explore the different types of risks and demerits that could arise from the unlimited use of EHRs. Among the topics of interest include how EHRs use could lead to the possible breach of health privacy policies like the HIPAA.

Through this study, I will be able to identify the possible challenges that I will face in my practice when dealing with EHRs. I will seek to understand some of the errors that have been committed by other health professionals in dealing with patient information in EHRs. For example, Houston-Raasikh (2014) found out that a small disruption in HER system can result in total disruption of workflow in an organization that highly depend on them. Also, there is the ethical dilemma with the use of EHRs due to perceived privacy concerns by patients and other healthcare providers (Birkhead, Klompas & Shah, 2015). By getting a clear picture of these challenges, I will devise methods to reduce or eliminate error during practice. Moreover, I will seek to understand the current government regulations regarding the use of EHRs such as the HITECH Act of 2009. Through my topic, I will understand the concept of meaningful use of EHRs and apply it in my career.

Post 2

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I selected the HealthIT topic related to electronic health records. I selected this topic because it was such a huge transition for me in my home health job. When we transitioned to the computerized charting and EHR’s in the hospital I had a team of Informatics specialists that were very knowledgeable and helpful. When we transitioned in home health it was very different. For example in home health we charted on paper and computer for quite some time before finally completing the transition to paperless charting. There were nurses that chose to retire early rather than to learn the new charting system. I was grateful for the new system in both jobs. It was difficult in the beginning, however once I learned the system I cannot imagine ever going back to traditional charting. I also love the idea of merging systems so that no matter where the patient is their medical records can be accessed. “Digital access to medical information is becoming a core domain of medicine” (Lyles, Fruchterman, Youdelman, & Schillinger, 2017).

There are various benefits to electronic health records such as:

Accessibility

Efficiency

Reduced Medical Errors

Increased communication and collaboration

Electronic health records impact multiple areas of the healthcare profession. The use of electronic health records and patient portals have become a focal point for organizations across the healthcare continuum. The healthcare provider benefits from accessibility and efficiency. Communication and collaboration increases which improves quality of care and that is the ultimate goal for the patient. As technology progresses and electronic health records and use of patient portals increase, the continuity of care and patient satisfaction will increase which will improve patient outcomes and that is beneficial to the healthcare provider, the patient, and the organization. The impact of electronic health records impacts all aspects of the medical profession.

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