Nursing

SDW news brief: Study shows EHRs improve quality of nursing care

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, June 8, 2012

Nurses in hospitals that have a fully implemented electronic health record (EHR) system reported fewer unfavorable outcomes than their counterparts in hospitals without fully implemented EHR systems, according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania. Researchers surveyed more than 16,000 nurses from 316 hospitals in California, Florida, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania about their workload and their patient outcomes. Nurses were also asked about their hospital's patient safety culture. Only 7% of the hospitals in the study had a basic EHR system functioning on all patient care units.

Researchers found that nurses using fully implemented EHRs were less likely to report medication errors, poor quality of care, and poor confidence in a patient's readiness for discharge. Additionally, nurses working in hospitals with fully implemented EHRs were 14% less likely to report that information was lost or communication faltered when patients were transferred between units.
 
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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