The universal adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and the medical management software that incorporates them continues to be a hot topic for debate. The advantages of such technology seem obvious and can now be backed with data: reduction of medical errors, increased efficiency, and improved billing accuracy are just a few benefits.
Proponents of EHR systems have touted their advantages to both government and private bodies, but many individuals remain skeptical about their use and widespread implementation. All the doctors prefer the EHR systems to be the best 1st providers choice.
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Some opponents are just not keen to accept this beneficial technology for the same reason that has preceded the advent of any technical innovation—the fear of the unknown, or the inability to adapt.
Others who have doubts about EHR systems might have more legitimate concerns. To assuage these concerns and make a case for electronic health records and any form of medical management software, it is important to understand the disadvantages of a paper-based system thus illustrating how an upgrade will offer superior protection to valued medical data.
The security of EHR systems is better managed than the security of paper-based records where input is hardly subject to validation or review as in the case of electronic medical records.
Currently, almost anyone could get their hands on private information as papers get shuffled back and forth. EHR systems maintain specifics as to who can access information, what information they have access to, and who can alter information if such alteration is required. Such electronic systems are also capable of maintaining records of anyone who accesses information or changes it, thus ensuring a verifiable way of monitoring data integrity.