Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Introduction and History of Modern Health Care in the U.S.
Lecture:Technological Advances in the Administration of Health Care
Slide content:Electronic Health Records - 1 Potential advantages over paper records Remote access to patient data Record is legible Confidentiality is better handled than paper records Improves patient safety Integrated with other resources and data Integrated with decision support and knowledge-base resources 4
Slide notes:This lecture will discuss the role of technology and technological advances, and the advantages and disadvantages of these advances, in several aspects of health care delivery. We will begin this discussion by focusing on the most obvious facet of technology in clinical medicine, the electronic health record, or EHR. We know that the EHR has potential advantages over paper records. It allows clinicians to access patient data remotely. In contrast to most paper records, the electronic record is always legible. Confidentiality can be protected in a more sophisticated fashion than can be achieved with paper records. The EHR improves patient safety. For example, computerized physician order entry - when physicians enter their own orders rather than writing them out on a paper chart and relying on someone else to enter the orders into the system - reduces transcription errors. The EHR can be integrated with other resources and data, and also can be integrated with decision support and knowledge-based resources, which are described later in this lecture. 4