Advantages of Information Obtained from an Information System As a nurse, I use EHRs (Electronic Health Records) for retrieving information about mypatients, as my hospital uses EHR based information system. These are automated documents of the patients, saved in an advanced computerized system (Sidorov, 2006). An EHR is a longitudinal electronic record of a patient’s data. As a nurse, EHRs help me a lot in decision making, since I can retrieve patient’s case history, details about his disease, his medications, demographic data and laboratory reports, any vaccinations and immunizations, billing, and 3-D radiology images regarding the disease. EHRs help me in evidence based treatment. Also, EHRs are very quick, as there is no need for any paper-work for documenting and sharing of the information and images (Williams, 2010; National Institutes of Health National Center for Research Resources, 2006), and thus, they help me in decision-making without having to go through the manual process. So, the incorporation of EHR technology in my hospital has reduced the documentation time significantly. I use EHRs as tools for continuity of care and for collaborative performance of healthcare providers and other nurses (Iakovidis, 1998). EHRs also make the “ oncology community contribute fully to the development of an efficient national health care system that is based upon evidence-based medicine and responsive to the needs of all constituents” (Ambinder, 2005), and enable the patients to actively participate in the functioning of EHRs along with their physicians. In short, I find that the decision-making is made easy since EHRs have modernized the way patients’ data is stored.
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National Institutes of Health National Center for Research Resources. (2006). History of EHRs. Electronic Health Records Overview. Retrieved November 20, 2012, from http://www. ncrr. nih. gov/publications/informatics/ehr. pdf
Sidorov, J. (2006). It ain’t necessarily so: the electronic health record and the unlikely prospect of reducing health care costs. Health Affairs, 25(4), pp. 1079-1085.
Williams, KR. (2010). Electronic health records reduce costs while improving patient care. EzineArticles. com. Retrieved November 20, 2012, from http://ezinearticles. com/? Electronic-Health-Records-Reduce-Costs-While-Improving-Patient-Care&id= 4582113
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