The patient-physician encounter represents the fundamental event responsible for the bulk of the data recorded within a medical record. This encounter results in a wide range of activities that happen inside the physician practice, but can also occur outside the practice, in the case of outside laboratory and diagnostic tests or requested third-party consultations. Read Chapter 1 (file uploaded). Also search the Internet for more information on electronic medical records, such as that found at the Web site, HIMSS – Health Care Information and Management Systems Society. Then, answer the following questions: 1. What do you consider to be the most important element of the patient record? 2. What are the mechanisms by which data produced within an ancillary service is returned to the physician’s office? 3. What are the major benefits of having all services operate within a digital framework rather than an analog-based environment? 4. What are the major hurdles to moving to digital records? 5. How would you help a medical practice better understand the value in moving to a digital record environment? For questions 1-5, illustrate your points in the context of a patient’s visit to a health care provider. HIMSS link: https://www.himss.org/ Note: Do not write introduction & conclusion. Answer in your own words or paraphrase your work. You can research on the Internet or books/journals & you can add additional references.
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