Running head: SPEECH 1
Personal Information
In the recent past, the healthcare industry has been facing challenges in the management
of patient information. Vital confidential information about patients have often been stored in
hospital files, jeopardizing the privacy of patients, and also making retrieval of information
cumbersome. These challenges have prompted the need for a shift to a better system that will be
more efficient, reliable, safe and durable. The new system is commonly known as the Electronic
Health Records system (EHR). Since EHR is a step in technological advancement in the
healthcare industry, the United States (U.S) has made some strides of steps in adopting it in some
of the big hospitals.
Statistics reveal that EHR adoption is a slow and gradual process in our country, with
many hospitals citing capital requirements and high maintenance cost as obstacles to its full
implementation. The table below shows the results of a survey on the implementation of EHR in
the U.S hospitals as recorded in The New England Journal of Medicine, a study in which 63.1%
of hospitals participated.
Table 1.0 Implementation of Electronic Health Record System in The U.S (Ashish K.,
Catherine M., Eric G., Karen D.)
Percentage (%)
Comprehensive EHR
Present in all clinical units
Present in at least one clinical unit
From the statistics above, only a small percentage of hospitals in the U.S have embraced
EHR. However, the system is viable and can be achieved fully. Below is a flow chart showing
the gradual steps involved in adopting the EHR system.
(Sufficient training
and Resources)
Strong Leaders
to spearhead
change process
Clinical Staff
to educate
As a hospital, the adoption of EHR will help us improve healthcare service delivery. It
will not only boost the confidence of our clients, but it will also encourage productivity on the
part of our staff. The efficiency of this system will attract grants from stakeholders and also
motivate insurance companies to partner with the hospital. Instant access of patient information
by physicians will ensure proper attention to emergency cases and proper administration of
medication. EHR will guarantee quick retrieval of patients’ information, reduce paperwork,
ensure durability of patient information, and relieve the hospital of fines which may occur due to
readmission of patients whose data has been lost. Furthermore, the login and password system
will help in ensuring confidentiality of patient information. Users of the system will be easily
traceable using the login details, this will help in curbing leakages by unauthorized personnel
(Tan J and Payton F., 2014). EHR will also guarantee quick and efficient sharing of patient
information from one hospital to another through a local sharing network.
When we compare the two sides of the coin, we notice that the benefits of EHR outweigh
its disadvantages. Other than the short-term goals which it presents, EHR will also be beneficial
in the future. It is an investment worth making for improvement of service delivery. I, therefore,
passionately appeal to the management of this hospital to adopt this system, train the
practitioners on its use, and stand apart as a model to many other medical facilities which are still
undecided on its adoption.
Tan J and Payton F. (2014). Adaptive Health Management Information Systems: Concepts,
Cases, & Practical Applications. New York: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Ashish K., Catherine M., Eric G., Karen D., et al (2009) Use of Electronic Health Records in
U.S Hospitals. The New England Journal of Medicine

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