EHRs, patient safety and efficiency: 6 findings from nurses

A new survey from Allscripts gauging nurses' perspectives on EHRs finds most nurses agree digitized records improve patient safety, but they are less confident in EHRs' ability to boost efficiency.

HIMSS Analytics conducted the survey on behalf of Allscripts, collecting responses from 626 registered nurses from various care settings.

Here are six key findings on the relationship between EHRs, patient safety and efficiency.

  1. The majority of nurses — 71 percent — said they would not consider returning to paper-based medical records.
  2. By and large, nurses agree that EHRs are a benefit to patient safety. Seventy-two percent said EHRs help avoid medication errors, and 73 percent said they enable collaboration with other clinicians.
  3. Additionally, 70 percent of nurses said EHRs provide them with more complete information.
  4. However, just under half of respondents — 49 percent — indicated EHRs enable collaboration with clinicians outside their organizations.
  5. Forty-three percent of respondents said EHRS eliminate duplicate work.
  6. One-third of nurses said EHRs offer them more time to spend with patients.

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