Can my new doctor see past doctor notes and prescriptions?

In the early nineteen hundred paper healthcare records were established regularly and placed in folders for each person.  The healthcare records contain more than a medical history of treatment and diagnosis information.

The information is more widespread, including information about a person’s lifestyle. Further, paper records take up space, are not a faithful reproduction of information, can erode due to age and calamities, and can contain many errors.

Three critical events have permanently changed how and why medical records are preserved and protected, a) the Constitutional Right of Privacy, b) The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the development of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. HIPAA has provided strict record keeping and privacy rules.  HIPAA refers to a patient’s medical information as Protected Health Information (PHI). Therefore, in the majority of situations, which do not involve legal proceedings, a new doctor must receive consent from patients to see past doctor notes and prescriptions.

The foundation for the development of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) or Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is computer technology.  EHRs has made patients’ medical information understandable.  EHRs have changed the look of health records.  EHRs have and, as a result, changed health care.  In the United States, the percentage of office-based physicians using EMR/EHR system is 85.9% for the U.S.

There are long term care pharmacies that specialize in emar medical technology.  This technology ensures that correct medication and dosages are given to residents according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines.

The procedure to use the Electronic Health Record (EHR) or Electronic Medical Record (EMR) computer technology for hospital pharmacies is straight forward. The Physician writes the order, and it is sent to the pharmacy, the Pharmacist enters information into Meditech (EHR software), the Pharmacy bar codes medication and is given to patients’ floor, the Nurse review patient’s medication list
and eMAR alerts nurses on the next dosage and complication.

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