Hundreds of athletes taking part in the 2012 London Olympics from the US would be using electronic medical records or EMRs. The US Olympic Committee is reportedly converting all medical records of thousands of athletes to EMRs. (MedicalNewsToday).
eHealth is slowly picking up with the government encouraging its use with incentives. eHealth is plain and simple – electronic based healthcare. With The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the foundation has been laid for the increased use of EMRs and contains provisions in support.
The federal government is insisting that the systems be used in a responsible and meaningful way and hospitals and health care providers who adhere to specific reporting regulations are only eligible for the lucrative incentives
The main hurdle that EMRs or ehealth has is of convincing doctors to adapt to it. While there are some who are already into it, many physicians feel that it is time consuming and do not agree with their work routines or workflow.
The other hurdle that most people are apprehensive about regarding EMRs is the issue of privacy. There are many who are under the impression that digitalizing medical records would put them at risk of being exposed to unauthorized access.
EMRs are one of the best ways to have all your medical history compiled and updated at one place. The EMRs, cannot be accessed by anyone. They are password protected and can be accessed only by permitted members, contrary to general perception. Moreover, digital tracking would indicate any unauthorized access which would be impossible if records are maintained on paper.