Navigation Links
Better together - The RN and the EHR

With the prodding of new federal legislation, electronic health records (EHRs) are rapidly becoming part of the daily practice of hospital nurses the frontline providers of care. In the first large study of its kind, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing determined that nurses working with EHRs consistently reported more improvements to nursing care and better health outcomes for patients than nurses working in hospitals without this technology.

A study of more than 16,000 nurses working at 316 hospitals in four states indicates that "implementation of an EHR may result in improved and more efficient nursing care, better care coordination, and patient safety," wrote lead author Ann Kutney-Lee, PhD, RN, a health outcomes researcher at Penn Nursing, in the Journal of Nursing Administration. Her co-author is Penn Nursing fellow Deena Kelly, RN.

At the same time, the authors wrote, "it is important to note that having a basic EHR was associated with better outcomes independently of nurse staffing, indicating that they both play an important role in quality of care."

Nurses in hospitals with fully implemented basic EHRs were significantly less likely to report unfavorable patient safety issues, frequent medication errors, and low quality of care. These findings suggest that the level of detail available in the EHR may allow for more comprehensive unit transfer reports and discharge summaries to outside healthcare providers.

Recent estimates report that only 12 percent of U.S. hospitals have a basic EHR system in place, but that is likely to change under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Beginning in 2011 under HITECH, Medicare and Medicaid began to offer federal incentive payments of $2 million or more to healthcare providers and hospitals to use EHR technologies.

"With the passage of the HITECH Act," said Dr. Kutney-Lee, "EHRs are rapidly becoming part of the daily practice of the bedside nurse. Nursing administrators should be fully engaged in the process of EHR adoption and implementation to ensure effective use and success in creating seamless transitions for patients throughout the healthcare continuum. The degree of support from nurse leaders for the EHR will affect the success of this technology's implementation and, as a result, patient care."

Contact: Joy McIntyre
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Related medicine news :

1. Combining 2 anti-HER2 drugs may provide better preoperative breast cancer treatment
2. The concept of overactive bladder serves better commercial rather than patient interests
3. Asian-Americans getting better heart attack care
4. Kids Who Need Heart Surgery May Fare Better at Busier Hospitals
5. Pitt researchers propose new model to design better flu shots
6. PET technique promises better detection and response assessment for Non-Hodgkins lymphoma
7. Ruxolinitib better at reducing myelofibrosis symptoms, study shows
8. Public health insurance offers insured infants better, less costly care than private plans
9. When prophecy fails: How to better predict success in HIV prevention clinical trials
10. Targeted Radiation May Not Be Better for Breast Cancer
11. Anti-estrogen combo better than single drug for hormone-sensitive breast cancer
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... An ... directory is specialized and only includes chiropractic clinics in the US. , The ... trustworthy alternative health practitioner when back pain sets in. When people are experiencing ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... In ... Halloween festivities, the Word of Life Christian Church of Flint, MI, hosted a ... a giant 1.25 ton pile of candy dubbed “Candy Mountain”. , A Forever ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... During ... fundraising campaign to raise funds for its research, education, support, and advocacy efforts. ... organization’s annual funding. , The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, which also goes by ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... The ... in Dallas, TX, on January 29 and 30, 2016. The course welcomes dental ... of their practices, to learn how to better succeed in the modern dental ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... HemoTreat™ has announced that the ... ointment to its website. , “Our goal is simple:” says Michael Blasco, HemoTreat’s ... the comparison chart and ingredient list allows our customers to quickly see why, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... Nov. 30, 2015 Baxalta Incorporated ... leader dedicated to delivering transformative therapies to ... conditions, today announced the launch and first ... an extended circulating half-life recombinant factor VIII ... full-length ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)]. The treatment ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... 2015 (HK$,000)For the Six Months Ended 30 September 2015 2014RestatedChange%Turnover 545,575 ... 421,979 , 384,242 , 9.8 ... 34,719 , (18.3) Medical Insurance Administration Service Income ... 16.1 Medical Devices and Accessories Sales , 89,645 ... Medicines Sales , 2,822 , 2,917 ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , November 30, 2015 --> ... report "Dental Lasers Market by Product (Soft Tissue, All Tissue, ... User (Hospitals, Clinics), and Geography - Global Forecast to 2020", ... by 2020, at a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast ... market data Tables and 62 Figures spread through 167 P ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: