In a recent article in Healthcare IT News called "Nurses demand delay of EHR rollout," Associate Editor Erin McCann outlines the importance of effective electronic health record (EHR) training and implementation in hospitals across the nation.
Last month at Affinity Medical Center in northern Ohio, RNs requested a delay in the EHR rollout due to "insufficient training, system shortfalls and the hospital's failure to involve direct-care nurses in the implementation process." According to National Nurses United spokesperson Liz Jacobs, RN,
"We're not anti-technology. We want smart technology that embraces and includes the clinical expertise of a registered nurse who really knows how best to put together a system that will work for them."
What kind of "smart technology" can help in preventing these kind of conflicts? We've developed Simulated Health Records Simplified, an EHR Learning Portal created and hosted by DataWeb, Inc., especially to help new clinicians become familiar with an EHR before they go into practice.
How does it work? Simulated Health Records Simplified is a cloud-based EHR simulation that allows students access to four different pre-set roles within an ambulatory care setting. Students assume each role to learn all aspects of an EHR, and work with patient data to each role’s ability and permission level. Unique in its approach, it provides two seemingly dichotomous functions giving a consistent role-based user experience for all students completing a class assignment while simultaneously giving students the ability to interact with their own patients’ records.
By interacting with each of these roles, students gain an understanding of how each role impacts Meaningful Use reporting:
- Office Receptionist: Records a patient’s personal and payer information and checks in a patient for an appointment.
- Certified Nursing or Medical Assistant: Records a patient’s vital signs for an encounter (appointment) and other medical history.
- Doctor/Registered Nurse/Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant: Records and codes a patient’s medical procedure history and creates and signs notes and orders.
- Practice Manager: Reviews patient records for billing/payer purposes.
Simulated Health Records Simplified also allows students to learn how to:
- Create a Patient Record
- Create an Appointment
- Check in a Patient
- Record Patient Vital Signs
- Record Patient Medications
- Create a Patient Note
- Start the Patient Order Process
- Explore Patient Orders
- Complete a Patient Order
- Use Doctor Desktop to Manage Your Patient Care Load
- Sign Notes and Orders
- Update Reference Information
- View Patient Events