Electronic medical records have enhanced health care and quality of patients. Yes, it is also easier for staff than paper documentation. It helps create better quality throughout all these aspects. There are less errors and less interpretation of illegible orders. Inappropriate admissions and discharges have also been identified and decreased. This has been accomplished with the identification of chronic issues versus emergent concerns.
Our text discusses utilization management. There is discussion of overuse and underused of available resources. Recently with our medical records system we have had an added upgrade. Patients who have been admitted within the past 30 days and patients who have been here six or more times create a flag. This flag automatically creates a message to the utilization management team so early interventions can be done if needed.
How has an EMR enhanced nursing in your perspectives?