Accession Number : ADA493828


Title :   Implementation of an Electronic Medical Records System


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jul 2007-Jul 2008


Corporate Author : ARMY MEDICAL DEPT CENTER AND SCHOOL FORT SAM HOUSTON TX


Personal Author(s) : Fletcher, Chadwick B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a493828.pdf


Report Date : 07 May 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 67


Abstract : Delivery of excellent primary care--central to overall medical care--demands that providers have the necessary information when they provide care. This paper argues that provider and patient information and decision support needs can be satisfied only if primary care providers use electronic medical records (EMRs). Although robust EMRs are now available, only about 5% of U.S. primary care providers use them. Recently, with only modest investments, Australia, New Zealand, and England have achieved major breakthroughs in implementing an Electronic Medical Records System in primary care. Substantial benefits are realized through routine use of electronic medical records include improved quality, safety, and efficiency, along with the increased ability to conduct education and research. Nevertheless, barriers to adoption exist and must be overcome. Implementing specific policies can accelerate utilization of EMRs in the U.S. The Electronic Medical Record is the future of our healthcare system. The evidence suggests that by adopting and implementing an EMR system, healthcare organizations can deliver high quality and efficient healthcare in hospitals and independent provider practices. Ultimately, the organization will provide the patient with the highest possible care and most likely lifesaving treatment.


Descriptors :   *RECORDS , *MEDICAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS , *PATIENTS , BIOMEDICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS , MEDICAL SERVICES , POLICIES , REQUIREMENTS


Subject Categories : Information Science
      Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE