Electronic Medical Records AssessmentKristie Stricklin
NextGen is an electronic health record (EMR) that helps healthcare practices provide patient care clinically, financially, and operationally. NextGen Ambulatory works with more than ninety thousand providers, has over forty thousand clients, and over twenty-five different specialties. This paper will discuss capabilities, pros and cons of implementation, and how the EMR NextGen has impacted patient outcomes.
Electronic Medical Records Assessment Electronic medical record systems lie at the center of any computerized health information system. Without them other modern technologies such as decision support systems cannot be effectively integrated into routine clinical workflow. The paperless, interoperable, multi-provider, multi-specialty, multi-discipline computerized medical record, have been around for many years. The United Sates Institute of Medicine report, Key Capabilities of an Electronic Health Record System, identified a set of 8 core care delivery functions that electronic health records systems should be capable of performing in order to promote greater safety, quality and efficiency in health care delivery. The eight core capabilities that EHRs should possess are: 1) Health information and data. Having immediate access to key information such as patients’ diagnoses, allergies, lab test results, and medications would improve caregivers’ ability to make sound clinical decisions in a timely manner; 2) Result management. The ability for all providers participating in the care of a patient in multiple settings to quickly access new and past test results would increase patient safety and the effectiveness of care; 3) Order management. The ability to enter and store orders for prescriptions, tests, and other services in a computer-based system should enhance legibility, reduce duplication, and improve the speed with which orders are executed; 4) Decision support. Using reminders, prompts, and alerts, computerized decision-support systems would help improve compliance with best clinical practices, ensure regular screenings and other preventive practices, identify possible drug interactions, and facilitate diagnoses and treatments; 5) Electronic communication and connectivity. Efficient, secure, and readily accessible communication among providers and patients would improve the continuity of care, increase the timeliness of diagnoses and treatments, and reduce the frequency of adverse events; 6) Patient support. Tools that give patients access to their health records, provide interactive patient education, and help them carry out home-monitoring and self-testing can improve control of chronic conditions, such as diabetes; 7) Administrative processes. Computerized administrative tools, such as scheduling systems, would greatly improve hospitals’ and clinics’ efficiency and provide more timely service to patients; and 8) Reporting. Electronic data storage that employs uniform data standards will enable health care organizations to respond more quickly to federal, state, and private reporting requirements, including those that support patient safety and disease surveillance (Tang, 2003).
NextGen is an EMR that Faith Regional Health Services uses in all outpatient and specialty clinics. With thirteen primary care locations, an urgent care, and fifteen specialties; there are a lot of dynamics that needed to be incorporated in the EMR. NextGen is a system with good usability as it is easy to use and effective. The system allows providers to perform necessary tasks quickly, efficiently and with a minimum effort. Tasks which can be performed by the software, such as data retrieval, organization, summary, cross?checking, and calculating, are done in the background, improving accuracy and allowing providers and clinical staff more time for other tasks. Conclusion
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