EHRs and Positive Effects On Healthcare: What Do Nurses Think?

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With the federal government’s push for Health IT, the focus has largely been on physicians’ adoption of EHRs. While this is the target audience who must purchase and implement these systems, many other health care professionals will be using the systems and they often seem to be left out of the EHR discussion. We may have an idea of what physicians think about EHRs, but what about nurses? A new study shows RNs are on the fence about whether or not EHRs positively or negatively affect healthcare quality and patient safety. The study was conducted by AFT Healthcare, a subsidiary of the American Federation of Teachers.

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EHRs and the Future of Healthcare Quality Standards

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Is a system-wide electronic health record system a new demand to attain high-quality healthcare delivery? It might very well be.

A new study conducted by Thomson Reuters and published in Modern Healthcare announced its latest Top 10 ranking healthcare systems. Interestingly, each of these systems shared three factors in attaining higher-quality outcomes:

1) A corporate-level coordinating committee;

2) Involvement in planning from front-line caregivers; and

3) A system-wide electronic health record system EHR.

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