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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Trouble on the Health Information Highway: VA Closes Off Access to the Defense Department's EHR System

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Early last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs found errors in some patients’ medical data that clinicians downloaded from the Defense network. While these errors were not linked to any adverse events, such errors are raising flags that software glitches could compromise the accuracy of electronic medical records. Further, such inaccuracies in patient records could have serious implications for the planned National Health Information Infrastructure.  

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