Challenges with Adoption of Electronic Medical Record Systems

Challenges with Adoption of Electronic Medical Record Systems

Abirami Radhakrishnan (Morgan State University, USA), Dessa David (Morgan State University, USA) and Jigish Zaveri (Morgan State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-988-5.ch062
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Abstract

Among health care information systems, past research has credited Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems with offering the greatest potential for improving quality within health care environments. Benefits range from reducing errors to cutting overall health care costs. For instance, the utility of an EMR system will allow physicians’ enterprise wide access to a patient’s entire medical chart, monitor patients’ care for possible drug interaction, proactively prompt doctor(s) with recommended treatment, provide clinical decision support, simplify record keeping, e-prescription, documented referrals, and reminders to patients and health care providers. In this article, we present the results from our study. The next section highlights challenges associated with EMR adoption and use. We conclude by suggesting solutions geared towards lessening these challenges thereby clearing the path for successful EMR adoption and use.

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