A research study was conducted in order to understand the advantages as well as the challenges, which have been imposed due to the incorporation of EMR. The changes, which have taken place after EMR has been implemented in certain parts of the country, have been studied. The data, which has been collected as a part of this research study is related to the implementation of EMR and the results, which have been taken from a survey, which has been conducted among many families as well as some physicians who have a good reputation. A detailed analysis of all the material, which has been collected and the surveys that have been taken have all been included in the report. The main purpose of the research is to find out how easily medical records can be changed from the hard copy format to the online or paperless format. This study will also help in finding out how the change can be correlated to the difference between EMR and HIPAA violations.
Totally 51 physicians have been used during this study and they all hail from different specialties in the field of medicine and they all are practicing medicine in Los Angeles and the southern bay areas of California. A questionnaire was formatted in order to find out the results of the usage of EMRs and all the issues, which are related to the privacy of medical information of the patients. The cost, which has been incurred in the enforcement of the EMR, has also been taken into account in this survey. The physicians have also stated as to how EMRs will be useful to them and how they will help in the improvement of the quality of the medical care, which is being provided to the patients, and how the amount of errors can be reduced and the costs can also be reduced.
When the 51 physicians who were practicing medicine in Los Angeles and the south bay areas of California were made to answer the questionnaire, their response with regards to EMRs was on the positive side. An analysis of statistics was done in order to find out the correlation between the implementation of EMRs and the number of HIPAA violations. This study will also help in finding out the positive and negative effect of EMRs in the field of healthcare.
The questionnaire comprises six portions. The first section had questions, which were relevant to the profile of the physician as well as his practice and this also included details regarding the patients. The second section of the questionnaire contained questions about the implementation of EMRs in their practice and how this has helped in making their practice smoother. The third section contained questions about the costs, which have been incurred in the maintenance of EMR. Details regarding the benefits, which have been procured by the implementation of the EMR, were covered in the fourth section of the questionnaire. The fifth section covered details of any challenges, which are being faced after the implementation of the EMR.