Electronichealth records (EHRs) aims at improving the quality of health careand its cost through easy access to accurate data on a patient to allmedical practitioners at a much faster rate (TiffanyWang, 2004).However, like any other system, it is faced with many challenges thatare too dangerous as it risks the patient life. Any challenge facedon the implementation of EHRs is a formidable task and can result ingreat implications for the entire health care organization and thepatient (TiffanyWang, 2004).Experts in health care have implemented and evaluated the best simplestrategies that emerge each day to overcome these challenges in theimplementation of the system (Traynor,2013).
Oneof the major challenges is most of the medical practitioners are notfully aware of the use of the system. Most of the people entering thepatients’ health data are nurses and doctors who are mostly notfamiliar with the technology (Groeschen,2007).This cause the time to serve a single patient increase and theprobably entering of wrong data due to confusion. In 2013, a surveyconducted by interviewing a sample of healthcare providers, it provedthat less than forty percent of them had not yet been certified touse the system (Schumaker,2014).The solution to this challenge has been through the government andother agencies increasing the training and only authorizing the useof the system to only qualified people.
Theoccurrence of more than one electronic medical record systems hasproved to be more challenging since the systems might not worktogether. Those who have other health physicians risk having alltheir health care records not being available to the hospitals orvice versa. Although the EHRs system do reduce paperwork, it createsa gap between several treating facilities and physicians that maybring the lack of coordination through lack of sharing patient healthdata. The challenge can be solved by creating EHRs to be a singleplatform that can be shared by many legitimate users (Abramovitz,n.d.).
User’sauthorization to access the patient information and update asnecessary is also a challenge (Sittig& Singh, n.d.).In trying to accommodate as many medical practitioners only aspossible, they face data breaching by unlawful access to a patienthealth information that should be confidential between the patientand the doctor or physician. Besides, the unauthorized person or whohave wrong notions can enter wrong or change the data in the patientrecord (Sittig& Singh, n.d.).This can only be solved by sensitizing on those using the system onthe importance of protecting patient privacy and tracking of thosewho makes changes on the records (Abramovitz,n.d.).
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