Technology has become an important tool in today’s health care. One huge technologic tool is the electronic health record. The electronic health record as defined by Lavin, “The electronic health record (EHR) is a documentation tool that yields data useful in enhancing patient safety, evaluating care quality, maximizing efficiency, and measuring staffing needs” (Lavin, 2015). The electronic health record can maximize the implementation of many different evidence based projects by providing health care providers with the means to look up data and give them an idea how their project can be implemented and evaluated. For the implementation of my evidence based project I will be able to use the electronic health record to inquire information in regard to heart failure patients. A lot of information such as heart failure education and follow up appointment information can be obtained from the electronic health record. Another way that the electronic health record can be used in the setting of my project is to retrieve data that shows if they have been previously admitted and how long ago that admission was. Since the aim of my project is to decrease hospital readmissions with in thirty days for heart failure patients the electronic health record will be useful. Staggers states, “an electronic health record (EHR) is a real-time, point-of-care, patient-centric information resource for clinicians that represents a major domain of health information technology (HIT)” (Staggers, n.d.). The electronic health record has made a huge advancement in the possibilities to implement evidence based projects.
Lavin, M., Harper, E., Barr, N. (2015). Health Information Technology, Patient Safety, and Professional Nursing Care Documentation in Acute Care Settings. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Retrieved from: http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-20-2015/No2-May-2015/Articles-Previous-Topics/Technology-Safety-and-Professional-Care-Documentation.html
Staggers, N. (n.d.). Patient Safety and Health Information Technology: Role of the Electronic Health Record. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2644/