November 4, 2013
Communication Paper The primary focus of any organization is communication. Each and every organization has struggles with areas of opportunity and with plans on how to improve communication. Communication is a cornerstone that when properly used drastically increases effectiveness. Electronic medical records (EMR) are still somewhat new to the medical field. But in time this will increase the effectiveness and speed in which healthcare providers communicate with each other.
There are a variety of communication modalities available to health care consumers and health care providers. These modalities and venues of communication may entail benefits and …show more content…
Ways confidentiality can be breached can include unauthorized access to the electronic medical record. An example of this would be if an employee at a health care facility noticed that a neighbor or friend was recently admitted to the hospital and the employee took it upon themselves to look the neighbor or friend up and see what they were in the hospital for. Just because you can access a patients record does not mean you have the right to access it. This is a misuse of power and rights.
Records can also be tampered with. Information could be falsified and render the medical record incomplete. Users with data modification privileges can typically add, delete, or modify data or entire records. Data can also be tampered with by directly accessing the files stored on the electronic medical record servers using a server account rather than an electronic medical record user account.
According to "Can Electronic Medical Record Systems Transform Health Care? Potential Health Benefits, Savings, And Costs" (2005), “It is widely believed that broad adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) systems will lead to major health care savings, reduce medical errors, and improve health. But there has been little progress toward attaining these benefits.