Nurses Agree on EHR Benefits, Vary on Shortcomings, Survey Finds

May 8, 2015 in News

While most nurses believe that electronic health records help to improve patient safety, they are split about whether EHRs reduce duplicative work or increase time with patients, according to a survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics for EHR vendor Allscripts, Health Data Management reports.

HIMSS Analytics received survey responses from more than 600 nurses.

Survey Findings

The survey found that:

  • 73% of respondents thought EHRs could assist providers with improving patient safety;
  • 72% of nurses thought EHRs could help reduce medication errors;
  • 43% said EHRs helped reduce duplicative work; and
  • 31% said EHRs helped them to have more time with patients.

However, 38% of respondents said that EHRs reduced the amount of time they had to spend with patients.

In addition, 69% of respondents said that their EHR system allowed them to effectively share data with other clinicians, but that they were better at fostering collaboration internally than externally.

The survey also found that:

  • 73% of respondents said their EHR system allowed for effective collaboration with clinicians within their organization; and
  • 49% said their EHR system allowed for effective collaboration with outside clinicians.

Overall, 71% of the nurses surveyed said they would not want to return to a paper-based records system, while 15% said they would do so if they had the option and 14% were unsure.

HIMSS Analytics Research Director Brendan FitzGerald said the survey demonstrated that “EHR vendors could do more to improve nursing workflows” (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 5/7).

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