A Brave New World The US Electronic Health Record and its Impact on the Approaching Universal Healthcare System

With the increase in the life expectancy the chronic health problems of the nation are also expected to increase. The US health care system is one of the costliest systems of the world with a spending of 16% of the gross domestic product of the country according to the statistics of 2006. It is expected to increase to over 20% of the GDP in the upcoming years. But study reveals that each year about 1 lakh people die because of medical errors and absence of health insurance. Estimates indicate that more than 50% of the population lost their health insurance because of their job cut and therefore unable to pay the premiums. Despite of being a costly health care system the disease rate in USA is much more than many other developed nations. The United States government does not provide health coverage along with the citizenship and so the health care system is available to those who can afford it. Thus the system excludes the poor population of the country. Many European nations and also Canada follow a health care system that each and every individuals of the society have equal access with centralized Health policy agency. It is called the Universal care system (Sherrow, 2009, pp. 8-10: Niles, 2010, pp. 2-11). In fact medical records are indispensable and crucial for the health care system and the providers look for fast and easy access to information. Policymakers and the lead doctors recommend the implementation of electronic health records in order to enhance the health care quality a well rejuvenate medical practice. recent reports estimate that this will save the health care system $77.8 billion annually – 5% of total health care expenditures in the United States (Baron, Fabens, Schiffman and Wolf, 2005, p. 222) Implementation of electronic health recording system