Health center to implement electronic records system
Harlem Valley Times, January 10, 2008
Hudson River HealthCare has recently announced that it will begin using an electronic medical record and practice management system called eClinicalWorks. Like others making the move to EMRs, Hudson River says that the move is designed to cut down paperwork and allow health practitioners to monitor patients’ records, prescriptions and health progress electronically. This idea is intended to improve patient service by reducing wait time and making test results more readily available.
We’ve seen much written about healthcare organizations (like Hudson River) moving to electronic benefits, and think these migrations are wise for all of the reasons noted above. One of the topics we’ve seen little dialogue on to this point are the new security concerns introduced with the adoption of EMRs – including the opportunity for data loss or destruction (including accidental and malicious data tampering) and inappropriate corrections to medical records. As more health organizations adopt EMRs, this will be an increasingly important point of conversation.