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After reading the article, Transforming and Improving Health Care through Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology , discuss how meaningful use of data from electronic health records can be used to improve population health. Have you seen connections between data collection gathered from electronic health records and how you care for patients? Finally, reflect on your nursing experiences to an incidence where the electronic health record improved patient outcomes. How was the electronic health record used to improve outcomes? What negative impact have you seen using the electronic health record?

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Reply 1: to the professor

Me: Healthcare systems are currently using advanced technology to provide quality and improved healthcare services to their patients. In the past, a lot of paperwork was used, which consumed more time, which is not the case when data recording is electronic to save time to ensure healthcare professionals' smooth operations. Electronic data saving in one place reduces the chances of losing health records and increases efficiency at a low cost (Kruse, Kothman, Anerobi & Abanaka, 2016). The billing procedures are improved through electronic data saving, and data can be stored for future reference.

Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems focus on providing individual patient care by hospitals and clinicians. It saves patients' health records and aids in electronic alerts, monitoring quality care indicators, and guideline reminders. It also helps healthcare professionals provide healthcare services based on admission dates, individual patients' needs, and available health equipment and resources. EHR system minimizes the risks of medical errors like adverse drug interaction (Barnett, Mehrotra & Jena, 2016). The system also provides the history of medical data for emergency care in the shortest time possible.

Like any other electronic system, EHR has negative impacts on the health sector. Some mistakes may occur when feeding data into the system, which leads to the wrong interpretation of information. When an initial mistake occurs, the whole data is affected; thus, patients may not receive the necessary care as expected. Additionally, when records have already been saved in a computer, it can undergo further manipulations from other individuals with wrong intentions. Manipulated data from the initial records leads to confusion hence risking the patient's health (Baumann, Baker & Elshaug, 2018). Therefore, recorded patient's data should be secured from unauthorized access and untrustworthy personnel.

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Professor question: Hello Greter! Thanks for sharing the many benefits that you've experienced from the implementation of EHRs within your organization. In your response you shared, "When an initial mistake occurs, the whole data is affected; thus, patients may not receive the necessary care as expected. Additionally, when records have already been saved in a computer, it can undergo further manipulations from other individuals with wrong intentions. Manipulated data from the initial records leads to confusion hence risking the patient's health (Baumann, Baker & Elshaug, 2018). Therefore, recorded patient's data should be secured from unauthorized access and untrustworthy personnel.". Have you observed or heard of any instances when patient's records have been accessed by unauthorized personnel? What safeguards does your facility have in place to prevent unauthorized access to a patient's EHR? How are staff educated on protecting their patient's EHRs?

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Meaningful use is defined as “the extent to which a health care provider or organization utilizes electronic health records” (Chin & Sakuda, 2012). The meaningful use of data from electronic health records can result in more efficient work by reducing paperwork for patients and doctors, expands access to affordable care, improves the quality of care for patients, prevents medical errors, decreases health care costs, makes administrative processes more efficient, and allows patients and families to engage in their own health care (Chin & Sakuda, 2012).

Data collection from electronic health records improves the care provided to patients because information from multiple locations is easily accessible to provide coordinated and efficient care (Finkelman, 2019). Patient care is also improved through other advantages of EHR such as access to clinical alerts and reminders, performance-improving tools and real time quality reporting, legible and complete documentation, interfaces with labs and other sources of information, safer and more reliable prescribing, improved care coordination with other providers, and improved care transitions between settings (Chin & Sakuda, 2012).

Throughout my nursing career, I have had the opportunity to use both paper records and electronic health records and I definitely prefer EHR. I have had instances where I have not carried out doctor’s orders in a timely manner when working with paper charts because there are no alerts when a new order is placed. With electronic health records, patient outcomes are improved because there are so many safeguards in place to help prevent errors. Being alerted to new orders in real time, abnormal labs being flagged, and being able to set electronic reminders for different tasks has helped me to improve the care I provide to my patients and thus improves patient outcomes.

Although use of the electronic health record has many advantages, some of the disadvantages can include loss or productivity when first learning to use an EHR system, the high cost of transitioning to HER, the potential for system downtimes, and the potential for HIPPA violations if screens are not properly secured or passwords get into the wrong hands (Disadvantages of EHR systems - dispelling your fears, 2019).