Improving Computerized Charting in an Intensive Care Unit
The purpose of this study is to look deeper into an electronic medical record (EMR) system to find inefficiencies within the overall charting process. Along with collecting observation data on nurses within the University of Missouri Hospital Intensive Care Unit, EMR activity log data was gathered from the EMR system through a real time measurement system (RTMS). By using the RTMS data, the average time for several designated charting activities were analyzed based on different levels of patient sickness and nurse experience. The results showed that there were several significant differences on EMR documentation time in an ICU. The comprehensive findings of this study will help point to areas where improvements can be made in order to optimize efficiency within the EMR charting process and increase time nurses spend in direct patient care, which should in turn increase patient safety as well.
KeywordsIntensive Care Unit Electronic medical record Charting
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