Medical Records are both Medical and Legal records. The accuracy of our medical records is vital to our ability to provide quality care, it is even more vital when we share our medical records with other providers and they use that information as part of their medical decision making process. If errors and inaccuracies find their way into our medical records this can also have an impact when our charts are audited for payment purposes or when our records are used for medical legal issues.
Electronic Health Records
On February 5, workers at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center discovered that their electronic communications were not working. They had become the latest victims of a type of virus known as Ransomware. Ransomware encrypts all of your files and without paying the hackers for the decryption key the files become useless to you. The CEO of Hollywood Presbyterian, in an interview with NBC was quick to note that patient privacy has not been compromised.
Kaiser Permanente has successfully compiled accurate and valuable information to assist physicians in treating and counseling patients about their lifestyles.
Health information technology (IT) systems have the potential to reduce medical errors, but they are likewise capable of causing unexpected mistakes if poorly implemented, according to a new study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care, the Committee on Patient Safety and Health IT examines the current state of patient safety through health IT and provides recommendations for future improvements to electronic systems.
A recent study found significant differences in how white and non-white physicians use health IT, suggesting varying degrees of acceptance of health IT among different physician populations, the researchers said
Read more: Research finds racial disparities in physician use of health IT - FierceHealthIT
A study by Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago collected data from 4,231 hospitals showed that hospitals with a strong IT location witnessed a significant 3.4 percent decrease in expenditures after implementing a basic EMR and a 2.2 percent decrease after implementing an advanced EMR. Hospitals located farther away from IT-dense areas also experienced cost reductions after three years, but not as statistically significant.