Improving Data Flow for Better EMR Quality at KAMC: Activation of the Electronic Code Unit System (ECUS) in EMR
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This internship explains the process of introducing a new system called Electronic Code Unit System (ECUS) into Electronic Medical Record (EMR) at King Abdullah Medical City (KAMC). The purposes of introducing this system were to improve health and patient outcomes, increase effectiveness and efficiency of the recording system, and promote quality of care. Health informatics faces a variety of challenges and difficulties searching to offer better service for patients and health service providers. Health informatics is considered with the use of information communication technologies and procedures within the healthcare systems, especially hospitals. Many challenges are faced as the developers of the information systems and electronic records within the healthcare systems consider the information needs of all involved healthcare providers. Handling health information accurately can be a tedious task and some ethical issues should be considered as well (Bath,2013). One of the most important subject or factors that health informatics should consider and focus on is the electronic medical record of the patient which is represented by EMR. This record is responsible and accountable for ensuring the transfer and movement of information from one department or user to another without any errors, discrepancies or problems. Many methods can be adopted in order to ensure the best use of EMR. The most important would be the availability of a harmonized and standardized code system around the globe. The medical coding system has great benefits for the hospital, as well as the health service providers. The medical coding system is important to enable effective communication inside the hospital and among the different departments. The coding is not only important for medical purposes, but rather for commercial use, Commercial companies such as insurance companies, Medicare, and other companies use these codes to handle a payment (Hicks). The author has worked as a provider for health informatics in the IT department to work as a connection between those working in the IT and the health providers. Responsibilities include developing the MPS, which is the main system that is used in the hospital and which is used in the Electronic medical Recode (EMR) in King Abdullah Medical City (KAMC). The project is about activating and utilizing the Code Unit system within the patients’ EMR. The report has gone beyond that and it has included a general evaluation for the previous, and the old version of the code unit system, pinpointing the problems and the inefficiencies that this system suffers from. As a result, recommendations and suggestions were to be presented to address the problems of the older code unit system. The internship was conducted based on some experience, networking and knowledge accumulated during the studying period in the Master Health Informatics besides the experience and knowledge collected and accumulated from a variety of individual and group projects and reports done during the studying courses. Overall, the period of the internship was very fruitful and important, as it allowed the writer to apply a variety of theoretical concepts and theories, while gaining a practical experience in the field. The internship has paved the road towards success in the real life application of lessons and theories studied in the classroom.