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Electronic Medical Records – Reflection:

The use of electronic health records (EHR) or electronic medical records (EMR) is now mandated across the United States. They are used to communicate across heath networks, with payors and regulators, and even with researchers and other entities. We know that there are clear benefits to EMR’s, such as integrative care, and also that there are some serious challenges.

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1. First choose your topic.

Think about your current job or a job you aspire to. ( Job: Healthcare Management).

Next, decide upon a challenge regarding electronic medical records that is a pressing issue for the type of organization you are interested in (e.g. inpatient, clinic, behavioral health, aging, children’s services, advocacy/lobbying organization, etc.)

2. Once you have chosen your topic, research it using the Excelsior College Library (Links to an external site.) and any credible organizational, advocacy, governmental, or other websites.

3.Gather at least 3 current and highly credible sources (1-2 peer reviewed from the library and 1-2 from a reputable web source from the field).

4. Write a 2-3-page persuasive memorandum to your organization’s electronic medical records implementation team on the following.

State the challenge as you see it regarding the EMR. Address the following: For whom is it a particular challenge? What are the consequences? What does the best practice literature recommend (from your literature review)? Share anything else you feel the team needs to know about the challenge. Be fact-based, but also try to persuade that this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Recommend a specific way to address this challenge, based on your research primarily, and any professional experience. Justify your response. In your recommendation, talk about the assets of EMR’s and how your solution can help to leverage the strengths to improve quality, efficiency, communication, etc. for your chosen type of organization and clientele/patient base.

Write your recommendation memo in no more than 2-3 pages, single spaced except for paragraph breaks and adhering to business memorandum conventions. The Purdue OWL Memorandum Writing Resource (Links to an external site.) provides helpful information on writing this type of memorandum.

This assignment does not need to be fully formatted in APA. However, you must attribute your sources using in-text citations and a reference page (not included in the page length).

Compose your work in a .doc or .docx file type using a word processor (such as Microsoft Word, etc.) and save it frequently to your computer. For those assignments that are not written essays and require uploading images or PowerPoint slides, please follow uploading guidelines provided by your instructor.

Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to submit your work, click “Upload Submission.” Enter the submission title and then click on “Select a file to upload.” Browse your computer, and select your file. Click “Open” and verify the correct file name has appeared next to Submission File. Click on “Continue.” Confirm submission is correct and then click on “Accept Submission & Save.”


This course has Turnitin fully integrated into the course dropbox. This means that you should only submit your assignments to the dropbox below. Please do not submit your assignment directly to Turnitin.com.

Once submitted, your assignment will be evaluated by Turnitin® automatically. You will be able to view an Originality Report within minutes of your first submission that will show how much of your work has been identified as similar to other sources such as websites, textbooks, or other student papers. Use your Originality Report as a learning tool to identify areas of your assignment that you may not have cited appropriately. You may resubmit your assignment through this dropbox as many times as you need to check to see if you have made improvements, until the due date of the assignment. However, once you have made your first submission, you will need to wait 24 hours after each subsequent submission to receive a new Originality Report. Plan accordingly as you draft your assignment. Once the due date has passed, your assignment submission will be considered final.


This assignment will be graded using the Graduate Written Assignment Rubric located on the Course Rubrics page within the Start Here module of this course. Please review this rubric prior to beginning your work. These assignments together are worth 30% of your final course grade.

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