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The Risks Of Rapid Adoption Of EMR Technology
Medical industry has been undergoing fast evolution during the recent past.
Moreover, health reforms witnessed lastly, such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) have had their own
impacts on the health care environment. These factors, along with the demand for
constant improvement in patient care, necessitate making use of health information
technologies such as Electronic Medical Records (EMRs).
Modern Developments in the Health Care Industry
One of the revolutionary changes that have taken place in the field of
medicine is patient record documentation. Paper-based charts and medical
records that used to take up a lot of time and space have given way to the
all new EMR Software that offers not just accuracy but timely and quick
access to health records of patients.

There are several modern health care technologies that are being rolled out
and a major portion of the present practicing medical professionals are seen
to embrace such newer versions. With the bar being raised regarding the
level of quality and patient safety, health information technologies are the
answer to the increasing demand for practice efficiency and profitability.
Possible Risks Due to Overly Ambitious Adoption of Health
Information Technology
While seen to offer numerous unprecedented benefits, medical information
technologies such as Electronic Medical Record Software, when adopted in
an overly ambitious and unstructured manner, might prove risky from the
following perspectives:

 Under examination: In the quest for technology-based diagnoses and
methods, physicians may be more inclined to certain procedures, while
ignoring some of the non-chartered, less obvious options
 Under documentation: EMR Software protocols, when not followed
properly, may lead to under documentation - this increases the risk of
lack of comprehensive information flow
 Physician’s traditional role being undervalued: Physician-driven
outcomes may give way to technology-driven outcomes, which is not
good in the end – as this might result in compromising patient care
 Potential of chronic under reporting: EMR Software offering to reduce
documentation time drastically, physicians may find it hard to shift
from a model that involves multi-page medical records to creating one
with just a few mouse clicks
 Medical transcriptionists’ and medical records professionals’ roles being
undervalued: Automated speech recognition technology having made
great strides in the recent past, the role of manual transcriptionists
and records staff in handling complex documents must not be taken
EMR Software is of course continuing its march in the medical industry and it
provides ways of improving efficiency and productivity of medical practices. Only,
healthcare organizations need to exercise caution and prudence while implementing
this innovative technology so as to reap its full potential while avoiding the risks of
rapid transformation!
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