General healthcare technology trends related to data/information has evolved in the short amount of time I have been a nurse. I graduated with my LPN in 2010. At that time, I was working at a Pediatric Clinic. Paper charting was still being utilized at that time. However, by 2012, EMR was being pushed nationwide; and the transition to start using EMRs began (Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, 2012). Potential challenges or risks that may be inherent in the technologies associated with these trends as EMR evolved was financial barriers, as well as patient privacy. The cost to initially get EMR up and running was not the only financial concern and challenge that was posed. Another consideration was that the medical billing within EMR was accurate (Thakkar & Davis, 2007). Patient privacy is an on-going concern. Ensuring that there are measures to not only keep hackers out of an electronic system, but also identifying that patient’s information is on a ‘need to know’ basis.
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