Adoption of Electronic Health Record

The adoption of the EHR (electronic health record) is now reinforced in many countries. In the United States, the adoption and utilization of the EHR have been qualified as a necessary technology for healthcare (Jennett ep al, 2009). In a study conducted by the (NCHS) National Center for Health Statistics, over 71 percent of EHR adopters are pleased by the technology and would continue purchasing advanced EHR system. In addition, about one-half of general practitioner currently without EHR system are planning to adopt the technology (Casebeer ep al, 2003).

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In addition, the exchange of electronic information of the patient from one health institution to another will help reduce inconveniences caused by an unconscious or non-responsive patients. This will assist in reducing cases of death due to wrong diagnosis. Therefore, it is important that the government, healthcare providers, and all the stakeholders involved in formulating strategies that will help in adopting the electronic health records.

References
Jennett, P. A., Igras, E., Harrison, A. C., & Premkumar, K. (2009). Health information technology, its role in healthcare management: a regional case study. International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management. Doi:10.1504/IJHTM.1999.001058

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