Analyzing the Pros and Cons of Electronic Health Records

Analyzing the Pros and Cons of Electronic Health Records



Joshua R. Besl, Lindsey Renee Mayer


Presentation: 1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.

Course: MED 480



Since the early 1970s electronic health records have been an alternative option to paper documentation. Nowadays, more than 95% of hospitals across the United States use electronic health records (American Hospital Association). Originally, EHRs were intended to improve quality of care through reducing time spent documenting and increasing direct patient time. Additionally, EHRs enable collaborative communication between healthcare professionals. However, studies from the American Journal of Emergency Medicine found that EMR are significantly less accurate compared to paper documentation. Despite their original intentions, EHRs have been correlated with an increased burn-out rate and elevated stress levels. Although EHRs have been known to save space in the office, they also carry the risk of medical records being lost, “Medical records of at least 173 million of people, gathered since Oct 2009, have been breached and might have adversely influenced over half of the population in the USA” (Koczkodaj, et al, 1). The goal of this poster is to demonstrate the pros and cons of both electronic and paper documentation methods.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Course Project

Primary Advisor

John L. Lyman

Primary Advisor's Department

Premedical Programs


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health and Well-Being

Analyzing the Pros and Cons of Electronic Health Records