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Dr. Colin Kerr
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Electronic Health Records (Overview)

Electronic health records are computerized systems for storing patient information in a hospital or clinic.


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Has anyone hacked into electronic health records?

Has anyone hacked into electronic health records?

Yes.: Anything stored in an electronic format is "hackable". No system is 100% secure. That goes the same for other sensitive systems like bank records, federal records, etc. There are different levels of security though. Communicating with your doctor through gmail is not as secure as something that is hippa compliant. ...Read more

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Dr. Colin Kerr
327 doctors shared insights

Electronic Health Records (Overview)

Electronic health records are computerized systems for storing patient information in a hospital or clinic.


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What is the purpose of using electronic health records?

What is the purpose of using electronic health records?

Transmitting info...: Electronic health records are a means to transmit medical information from patient to provider (& between a patient's providers) quickly & easily. It's meant to improve patient care by (1) faster transmission (waiting for someone to send postal mail or even a fax is now passe), (2) avoiding duplication of tests & therapy (as providers can see what has already been performed), & (3) compiling data. ...Read more

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Electronic health records should be free to us shouldnt they?

Electronic health records should be free to us shouldnt they?

They will be.: At some point, the industry will mature to the point where most ehrs will have some sort of patient portal where you can access and view all your medical records through the web. That being said, for legal reasons the storage of your medical records ultimately falls on your doctor. If they're the one recording the info, they need to take responsibility for it. ...Read more

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Why are there numerous electronic health record (ehr) systems?

Why are there numerous electronic health record (ehr) systems?

Competition: The government under GWBush, which promoted EHRs , did not insist on standards. So hundreds of companies entered the field selling their products in competition against all the others. Some have dropped out due to poor utilization, but many still exist. Each thinks they will dominate the market in the future. This is an expensive waste and prevents the toured communication between EHRs. ...Read more

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Improving Nail Health (Checklist)

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What are doctors chaning to electronic health records?

Govt regulations: Cms guidelines-hospitals and offices are to adopt emr. Advantage of emr is they can be preserved for ever. Paper charts may not be as secure as electronic charts if proper precautions are taken. ...Read more

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Do electronic health records bring down health care costs?

Not really: Unfortunately they only increase health care costs dramatically. While there are few undeniable benefits, the overall strain on the medical system is unsustainable. ...Read more

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Improving Oral Health (Checklist)

Keep sugars and sticky starches to a minimum
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What are rules for destroying paper and electronic health records?

What are rules for destroying paper and electronic health records?

Depends: Active files have no expiration date but can be thinned for convenience. Generally files over 7 years old with no clinic visits can be backfiled or destroyed. There are no rules regarding electronic medical records since there is no space issue at work. I am sure some will be issued with time as the storage space on servers starts to become full. ...Read more

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Are electronic health records more dangerous or less dangerous than paper?

Are electronic health records more dangerous or less dangerous than paper?

? Definition: In what sense? I guess from a privacy standpoint they may be. Safety wise, much better. However, ehr's will only be as good, efficient and accurate as those who put the information into them... ...Read more

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Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Will medical care change with the implementation of electronic health records?

It will benefit you: Some health workers don't like electronic records, but they benefit patients. You can get electronic copies of your records. Is a law, and your right, although they can charge for this. http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/medicalrecords.html. Electronic records also can remind doctors to do things that need to get done. ...Read more

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What are the regulations for destroying paper and electronic health records?

Usually 7 years: Paper charts- 7 years. This may differ by state. Advantage of emr is they can be preserved for ever. ...Read more

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Are paper medical records more secure than electronic health records?

Usually 7 years: Paper charts- 7 years. This may differ by state. Advantage of emr is they can be preserved for ever. Paper charts may not be as secure as electronic charts if proper precautions are taken. ...Read more

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Electronic health records allow sharing with insurance companies, right?

Electronic health records allow sharing with insurance companies, right?

Yes, but...: ...Guess what? Insurance companies can also look at your paper records too. Built into the contracts they sign with doctors, insurance companies can "audit" a physician to look at their clinical notes. This is to prevent overbilling or incorrectly billing. So your insurance company already has access to all of your medical records. An ehr would make it easier to share those records. ...Read more

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What impacts doctors decision to start electronic health records implementation?

What  impacts doctors decision to start electronic health records implementation?

Govt regulation: Emr is being introduced in a phased manner- cms guidelines. All hospitals and offices are to implement electronic records. There are so many technical difficulties with these programs, but they are getting better. As of now, most doctors have not embraced them as well. ...Read more

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What are the benefits for doctors to convert to electronic health records from a paper-based record?

What are the benefits for doctors to  convert to electronic health records from a paper-based record?

No difference: Whether a doctor has emr or not, that should not impact patient care. There may be some advantages with emr in the long run. Easy transfer of records between specialists, ease of access from anywhere, legibility, prevention of medical errors/ decreased prescription errors etc. ...Read more