EHR Implementation: Why Aren’t We Paperless Yet?

Deborah Green, Executive Vice President and COO, AHIMA

Deborah Green has extensive leadership experience in health information management and technology.

Deborah Green, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) paints a picture of how far patient and public health record keeping has come since the mid-1960s and 1970s. Mandated by the Institutes of Medicine in 1991, and supposedly implemented by 2001, reinforced by president George W. Bush in 2004, where are paperless records today? When will a paperless state become closer to being realized?

What are the advantages of universal adoption of workable, interoperable electronic health records between health providers and practitioners?

To visualize the earlier state of patient health records, watch the one-minute video. Then, return and listen to the podcast about AHIMA, its mission to encourage providers to capture patient information from its inception; the human and organizational problems impeding universal acceptance and use of EHRs, as well as AHIMA’s role in establishing standards.

Deborah discusses how AHIMA is working to ensure the integrity of electronic medical records in hospitals, physician offices, and other settings where care is delivered. She explains why health providers need to make the transition to go paperless.

Bio, Deborah Green

Podcast (19 Minutes)

EHR Implementation: Why Aren’t We Paperless Yet?


One Response to “EHR Implementation: Why Aren’t We Paperless Yet?”

  1. Ellen Shakespeare said:

    May 07, 13 at 4:14 pm

    Excellent summary of the evolution of the medical record to date and how we are striving to move to that interoperable sharing of health data to improve patient care!

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