EHR in hospitals helps nursing care, patient outcomes

January 10, 2012

Category: Nursing News

Nurses working with electronic health records consistently reported more improvements to nursing care and better health outcomes for patients than nurses working in hospitals without the technology, according to a study.

The researchers, with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, said their report is the first large study of its kind. They studied more than 16,000 nurses working at 316 hospitals in four states and found that "implementation of an EHR may result in improved and more efficient nursing care, better care coordination and patient safety," wrote lead author Ann Kutney-Lee, RN, PhD, a health outcomes researcher, and co-author Deena Kelly, RN, MS, a fellow at Penn Nursing. Read More