As long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) settings continue to increase their adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), it is important to learn from end users currently working with the technology to identify clinical implications and opportunities to improve systems and surrounding processes. This study utilized one-on-one interviews of direct care nurses (n = 20) in a Midwest United States LTPAC setting to describe patterns of use, and areas to improve. The majority of respondents evaluated the EHR as easy to use, with a positive impact on quality of care, through efficiencies gained in communication with the care team. Staff responses outline desired modifications to the software, including fixes to data fields for more accurate medication administration and accurate reports on bowel protocol follow-up. Recommendations for LTPAC organizations are made regarding improved staff training on the EHR, and modifications to the EHR and related processes to improve quality of care and staff retention.
Journal of Applied Gerontology
Meehan, Rebecca A. (2017). Electronic Health Records in Long-Term Care: Staff Perspectives. Journal of Applied Gerontology 36(10) 1175-1196. doi: 10.1177/0733464815608493. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/article/electronic-health-records-long-term-care-staff-perspectives