Archive for September 28th, 2009

The wonders of electronic documentation

September 28, 2009

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is here to stay. I noticed in several of the posts that there is a generalization of how easy it is to use and how great it is going to be. Be careful with this, because there is still a human component involved with EHR. And humans hate change. I currently work in a small community hospital that is in the middle of activating EHR and we seem to be doing it backwards. As a Nurse Clinician and Analyst for the EHR system, there a many bugs that need to be worked out. Which part of our current system interfaces with the new system? What new systems needed to be purchased to enhance the system we are trying to implement? The building of the EHR system is in its third year, and we certainly are having our ups and downs. What to add, where to add this assessment, where to add this reassessment? It can be very daunting and confusing, to say the least. Even for someone familiar with the system. Unfortunately EHR is not a cure-all, and hospitals attempting to introduce EHR into its system need to listen to what other facilities are doing right and doing wrong. There are definitely lots of both. Good luck with EHR.

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