NUT 1 Task 1
Western Governors University
What is an EMR? Importance of Information Access Personal Health Information (PHI) Security Quality Improvement Roles of Implementation Team
Discussion Conclusion References
What is an EMR?
EMR stands for Electronic Medical Records. It is “a paperless, digital and computerized system of maintaining patient data, designed to increase the efficiency and reduce documentation errors by streamlining the process.” (Santiago, n.d., para. 1)
Santiago, A. (n.d.). EMR - what is EMR? Retrieved from http://healthcareers.about.com/od/h/g/EMR.htm
Importance of Information Access
How will the EMR system benefit nurses in their work with patients?
…show more content… Steele, A. M., & DeBrow, M. (2008). Efficiency gains with computerized provider order entry. In: Henriksen K, Battles JB, Keyes MA, Grady ML (eds) Advances in patient safety: new directions and alternative approaches AHRQ publication no 08–0034-4, vol 4. Technology and Medication Safety Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. Retrieved from http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/advances2/
More time at the bedside
Time WASTED Looking for patient information, duplicate charting, checking on orders, trying to get old records, calling lab to see if a specimen was received, consulting with other nurses to figure out a handwritten order, calling physicians, searching for a drug book, figuring out a care plan, checking on orders (again). Time SAVED EMRs
Personal Health Information (PHI)
PHI contained in EMRs is more susceptible to breaches in security than paper data.
Most healthcare personnel can access at least some PHI PHI is stored across a system, making it available at many locations, including portable devices PHI is stored by third party vendors Electronic security is weak or not up to date PHI is available to insurance companies Computer hackers can gain access Physical theft of information
Durben Hirsch, M. (2012). EHRs a major cause of patient info breaches. Retrieved from