A Paperless Route

Scholarship Entrant: Ila from Cincinnati, Ohio
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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While my father was being hospitalized for cancer, my mom and I were bombarded with pre-printed forms that soon became a hassle to keep track of; thus becoming a major issue when the hospital requested the documents to be signed and returned. After my father passed away, we still faced the problem of keeping track of papers to turn in. Therefore, I became highly interested in health information management and administration; specifically in utilizing electronic medical record systems to eliminate the use of paper in clinical facilities.

The pre-printed method used in healthcare facilities is far more expensive to produce, store and manage, but electronically vital content such as the consent form could be printed automatically and on-demand on any floor of a facility. Doctors, nurses and other parts of the administration would be able to send documents from one area of the facility to another, shortening time assisting patients. In order to solve this problem I would create a new and improved electronic records system that allows patients to securely and discreetly send and receive important documents without having to make unnecessary trips to the facility only to fill out papers that could possibly be misplaced.

Ultimately, using an electronic record system, designed to supplement and aid in all electronic document storage, will set up a stable foundation for a faster more efficient clinical process. Health information management departments will decrease staffing allocation, space allocation, improve efficiency and document management, saving money now and in the future.

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