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Study: EHRs improve nursing care

A new study says use of electronic health records consistently leads to improvements in nursing care and patient outcomes. 

Implementing a basic EHR system leads to more efficient nursing care, better care coordination and improved patient safety, according to a study of 16,000 nurses working at 316 hospitals conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Compared to those without EHRs, nurses at facilities that had fully implemented basic EHR systems were significantly less likely to report problems such as:

  1. patient safety issues
  2. medication errors, and
  3. low quality of care.

EHRs also allow facilities to provide more comprehensive unit transfer and discharge summaries to outside providers, ensuring a continuation of quality care.

The study’s findings were published in the Journal of Nursing Administration.

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