Implementing Electronic Health Records (EHRs): An Infographic

Electronic health records (EHRs) are becoming increasingly widespread due to a host of benefits including improved care coordination and quality, higher efficiency, and even government subsidies. Nevertheless, EHRs have also continued to be one of the most controversial subjects in healthcare IT today – particularly among nurses.

In one study covered by Mike Miliard at Healthcare IT News, the author notes that poor implementation of EHRs have resulted in higher turnover and more difficult recruitment for nurses. From the study, 85% of nurses said that they grappled with flawed EHR systems daily, and nearly every nurse polled in their survey said that they’ve never been included on their organization’s IT decisions.

While EHRs are meant to simplify medical staff’s workflow, a lack of buy-in and adequate training has made it a catalyst for burnout among many nurses. However, this doesn’t signal an inherent flaw in the EHR. Instead, it represents part of a bigger problem: a lack of planning in EHR implementation.

In this infographic below, created by The Ohio University MHA Program, you’ll find stats along with nine recommended steps for successful EHR implementation as recommended by the HRSA. This graphic demonstrates the importance of planning and collaboration that all medical staff (nurses included!) need to be a part of in order to achieve meaningful use.

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