EHRs Are Being Incorporated Into Medical School Curricula

March 25, 2014 in News

Some medical schools are incorporating training on electronic health records into their curricula because exposure to the IT systems is increasingly considered a crucial element of the medical education experience, Politico Pro reports.

The move reflects the medical schools’ hope that young, technology-savvy doctors will help integrate EHRs into medical settings. Medical educators note that doctors-in-training do not appear to struggle with EHRs like some of their older colleagues do.

Already, most medical schools include some EHR requirement, and more institutions are expected to follow suit, especially given the growing national investment in health IT. The training can take many forms, including tutorials at the beginning of students’ first year, units during pre-clinical courses and components of patient simulations.

For example, Oregon Health Science University is using a $2.7 million grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and a $1 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to revamp its curriculum with a renewed focus on EHRs and patient safety.

Bill Hersh — chair of OHSU’s department of medical informatics and clinical epidemiology — said the EHR training focuses on the implications and benefits of EHR technology. In addition to basic technical training, the program aims to teach students, residents and interns how to best use EHRs without adversely affecting interactions with patients (Kalter, Politico Pro, 3/24).

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