Strategies for Improving Patient Care and Communication

With increasing advancement in technology within the health care system, different organizations including UPSON Regional Medical Center have embraced clinical information systems that facilitate patient care. It is important to note that the security of patient information is highly important in the health care organizations and thus the different individuals from different departments who make up the teams that manage the patients are faced with an important role in safeguarding patient information(Freshman, Rubino, &amp. Chassiakos, 2010). In some organizations, traditional information safety practices such as the role-based access control, form part of the enterprise systems. However, such systems have been proven insufficient in enhancing the privacy of the patient. Such insufficiency has been in part promoted by the dynamism of the healthcare systems, characterized by difficulties in predicting the health care providers that to access given information. Electronic Medical Record (EMR) for systems of information sharing between departments electronically to allow timely sharing of patient information while providing care while safeguarding the privacy of the patient. According to the manager from UPSON Regional Medical Center, these systems have been effective in minimizing the complex nature of patient information storage, recovering, and collective reasoning among different departments towards ensuring high-quality care.
Manual record keeping exposes patient records to a high risk of exploitation as all individuals, especially employees, may have easy accessibility to such information(Freshman, Rubino, &amp. Chassiakos, 2010). On the other hand, EMRs systems have allowed for proper sharing of information between the health care departments. As much as there have also been concerns about the security of the information circulating in the EMR systems between the health care organizations, standard strategies for information security have been promoted by health care organizations, including role-based access control. These strategies limit the accessibility of the information to only the interdepartmental members who have a role in the care of the patient.