Electronic Medical Records ( Emr )

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Electronic medical records (EMR) Introduction For centuries, paper-based records were the only way of communicating patient’s medical records throughout the health care system. Gradually, for the past two decades, the healthcare system has been transitioning toward computerized systems called electronic medical records better knowns as EMR. Dr. Clem McDonald from the Regenstrief Institute stated that his “goal was to solve three problems, to eliminate the logistical problems of the paper records by making clinical data immediately available to authorized users wherever they are – no more unavailable or undecipherable clinical records; to reduce the work of clinical book keeping required to manage patients – no more missed diagnoses …show more content…
Nurses have been able to identify both benefits and disadvantages while utilizing EMR in the school setting.
Benefits of using EMR
School nurses are in charge of hundreds of students, which consist of large caseloads of information. This large caseload, results in a quantity of data that is not readily managed by paper processes. NASN has worked with school administrators to ensure that EMR safely protects students, families and staff medical records. EMR in the school setting provides nurses with the ability to monitor student’s immunization records, physical examinations and medical conditions. Nurses can also address the needs of students with poor health or academic outcomes. School nurses are to monitor and report the percentage of students with medical conditions such as asthma, seizures and diabetes. “Documentation of the nursing interventions provided to students with chronic disease, who need more complex care and management at schools is crucial for efficient disease management and collaboration with all of the student’s team members”(NASN website). In an article tracking pediatric asthma, it is said that an early community level study, verified EMR by comparing a select number of school records with primary care provider records. The results of the community level study demonstrated a ninety five percent
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