Nurses who consistently use electronic health records reported better patient outcomes and safer patient care, according to a study in the Journal of Nursing Administration.
The study examined nursing data from 316 hospitals in four different states. Key findings from the study:
- Only 7% of hospitals surveyed in the study had a fully implemented basic EHR system in all patient units.
- Nurses working in hospitals with a fully implemented EHR reported that poor patient safety and other quality outcomes occurred less frequently than nurses working in hospitals without an EHR reported.
- Nurses working with a fully implemented EHR reported more confidence that patients were ready for discharge.
- Nurses working with a fully implemented EHR were less likely to report “things falling between the cracks” during patient transfer compared to those not using an EHR.
The study concludes that implementation of a basic EHR, including CPOE, shows promise in improving patient safety and efficiency.