Canon, S. (2011, April 4). Health care industry making gradual change to digital record keeping. The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, CS).http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/04/3526197/health-care-industry-making-gradual.html.
This article looks at some of the many problems that still exist with the implementation of electronic medical records. Issues such as cross-compatibility between systems, differences in record keeping standards, and operator error stop electronic health records from reaching their full potential. Additionally, the author reviews concerns about patient privacy due to the sharing of confidential health information and the potential of theft of records.
Despite the problems associated with electronic health records, however, they still have the ability to be a force of improvement within a healthcare setting. They reduce waiting times associated with print records, ensure ease of access across multiple facilities if implemented correctly, and reduce work time for practitioners as they have instantaneous digital access to information, including best-practice standards in similar patient cases.