Study Finds Electronic Health Records Improve Nursing Care

Jan 25, 2012, 1:00 PM

The use of electronic health records (EHRs) results in “improved and more efficient nursing care,” according to a study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing). The study, published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, looked at more than 16,000 nurses working at hundreds of hospitals in four states.

Nurses who worked in hospitals with fully implemented basic EHRs reported better quality care and health outcomes for patients than nurses in hospitals without such systems, independent of nurse staffing. Nurses with EHRs were “significantly less likely to report unfavorable patient safety issues, frequent medication errors, and low quality of care,” according to a Penn Nursing statement about the study.

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This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.