The Impact Of Electronic Health Records On Healthcare Delivery

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Nursing: The Impact of Electronic Health Records
Renee M. Bourgeois, Alisha N. Kifer, Brittany R. Walsh
Clemson University

This paper describes the overall effects of electronic health records (EHRs) on healthcare delivery. It discusses the effects on quality of patient care, timeliness of access to patient information, efficiency, and errors. The paper also mentions implications for the patient and the nurse. In general, EHRs helped improve the quality of patient care because access to patient information was quicker and more efficient. Errors occurred less often with diligent recording techniques.
Electronic Health Records
As of 2011, approximately 54% of physicians had adopted an electronic health record system (Jamoom, Beatty, Bercovitz, et al., 2012). Electronic health records are a digital version of a patient’s medical chart that are protected and quick to access. They often contain important patient information such as medical history, allergies, diagnoses, medications, test results, and treatment histories. Electronic health records can affect the quality and efficiency of patient care, the timeliness of accessing patient information, and the likelihood of errors.
According to Joanne Callen, electronic health records have the potential to improve patient safety and the efficiency of healthcare delivery (Callen, 2014). In order for patient safety and care quality to be improved, nurses and physicians have to be diligent and accurate when documenting…
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