The electronic recording of an individual’s health information is a high-profile and rapidly evolving area of health informatics that—given current trends in health reform and ongoing changes in the delivery of health care in the United States—holds tremendous promise for improving the quality, safety, and efficacy of patient care. However, despite its numerous potential benefits for both health care providers and patients, the trend toward the paperless recording of patient health data is not without its drawbacks.

The electronic recording of an individual’s health information is a high-profile and rapidly evolving area of health informatics that—given current trends in health reform and ongoing changes in the delivery of health care in the United States—holds tremendous promise for improving the quality, safety, and efficacy of patient care. However, despite its numerous potential benefits for both health care providers and patients, the trend toward the paperless recording of patient health data is not without its drawbacks.

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Patient Health Data and Electronic Records

The electronic recording of an individual’s health information is a high-profile and rapidly evolving area of health informatics that—given current trends in health reform and ongoing changes in the delivery of health care in the United States—holds tremendous promise for improving the quality, safety, and efficacy of patient care. However, despite its numerous potential benefits for both health care providers and patients, the trend toward the paperless recording of patient health data is not without its drawbacks.
• What is an advantage of recording patient information electronically? What is a benefit of implementing these electronic records? Explain your reasoning and be sure to consider both patient and provider perspectives as you craft your response.
• What is an issue associated with recording patient information electronically? What is a challenge to implementing these electronic records? Explain your reasoning and be sure to consider both patient and provider perspectives as you craft your response.
• Should all patient health information be recorded electronically? If so, explain why. If not, explain what the exceptions would be and why.

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