In 2004, President George W. Bush began a 10-year initiative to promote the EHR and the concept of electronic documentation became a major priority to President Obama’s agenda also. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) were the leaders in setting out to reduce health care disparities for Americans. It was found that over fifty percent of Americans do not receive adequate health care due to the increasing cost of medical care (OJNI, 2012). The American Recover...
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...ch shows the importance of EHR’s, how the lack of reeducating nurses can affect the efficiency of using EHR’s, and this issue is shared with other nurses. We have learned that many hospitals are focused on tasks and what JACHO or the DOH wants us to be competent on, but we are not being educated on the main driving force to making sure patients are getting the best outcomes possible. I think that we need to get out of our “comfort zone” when it comes to informatics and have an opportunity to explore what these systems have to offer.
In conclusion, this is an issue that I feel needs to be addressed and I plan on trying to pursue some further education on Cerner at my job. We have all of these wonderful tools to help make our jobs easier by having all the patients’ data right at our fingertips, but many of us do not know how to use it or to access the information.
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