Electronic Medical Records and Charting Essay examples
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Electronic Medical Records and Charting Today’s healthcare is changing, and more hospitals are commencing to go paperless using computers for both medical records and charting. Computers are widely accepted, in personal and professional settings. It is an essential requirement for computer literacy. Numerous advances in technology during the past decade require that nurses not only be knowledgeable in nursing skills but also to become educated in computer technology. While electronic medical records (EMR’s) and charting can be an effective time management tool, some questions have been asked on how exactly this will impact the role and process of nursing, and the ultimate effects on patient safety and confidentiality. In order to…show more content…
Some negative indications when using EMR’s could be: power outages and or computer glitches, potential privacy threats, and some believe that it may lead to depersonalized patient care.
EMR’s and charting are becoming a bigger part of an ever changing aspect in the world of healthcare and should be used more in the Emergency Department at GLWACH and in all Emergency Departments across the nation. With further research looking into ways to fix any glitches and provide continued upgrade of systems, EMR’s have the potential to reduce health care costs, improve efficiency, and to enhance the quality of care and patient safety that is provided by the nurse and the rest of the medical staff in the Emergency Department. At this time GLWACH Emergency Department does use paper charting but the paper charts do get scanned and uploaded onto a computerized system to be made part of their permanent EMR.
How can EMR’s improve the nursing process now and in the future? Having had the op-portunity to perform my clinicals in three different Emergency Departments in the past two years and being exposed to both the positive and negative to both paper and paperless medical records Training new nurses is vital for an accurate EMR. Bober, M., & Boonstra, J.
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