Electronic Health Record Systems (EHRS)

To improve the quality of care through Health Information Technology (HIT), electronic health record systems (EHRS) implementation has become a top priority in U.S. hospitals and healthcare organizations.

1. What is interoperability and how does it support the use of electronic health record systems (EHRS) and health information systems (HIS)?

2. Explain the differences between electronic health record (EHR), electronic medical record (EMR), and the shared electronic health record (SEHR).

· Include the benefits of EHRS and explain how they improve safety and support patient care.

· Identify common threats to information system security. What measures are implemented to protect patient security, privacy, and confidentiality in ERHS?

· What actions can nurses take to protect their patients’ information in the EHR?

3. How does the personal health record (PHR) differ from the electronic health record?

· Discuss the features and benefits of the tethered PHR (also known as the patient portal) for the consumer and provider.

· What information from the patient’s EHR is included in the PHR? Do you feel all the information from the EHR should be included in the PHR? Why or why not?

· Explain the differences in the tethered PHR and the standalone PHR. Which do you feel best reduces security breaches in patient information and confidentiality? Why?

· Explain some of the barriers of PHR adoption by consumers and providers.


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2. Handbook if informatics for nurses and healthcare professionals 6th edition published 2019 ISBN-13: 978-0134711010

3. A peer reviewed nursing scholarly journal published no more than 5 years ago.