Electronic health records (EHR) are the key component of healthcare information systems. By now, thanks to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act(HITECH) and Meaningful Use requirements, most hospitals have adopted EHRs to replace paper-based records for documentation, and most nurses are familiar with using them.
The transition period from paper records to EHRs could be problematic if users remain obstinate about changing their daily routines. According to an article in the April 2016 issue of CIN: Computers Informatics Nursing, during implementation of EHR information systems, healthcare staff might find themselves faced with difficulties because of heavy workloads and lack of time to learn how to use the new system.
A smooth implementation streamlines clinical nursing activities. To take a look at the adoption process, a descriptive qualitative study and group interviews were conducted three months after and two years after EHR system implementation in one hospital in southern Taiwan.
The purpose of the study was to examine the perspective of nurses transitioning from paper to EHR, and to explore the adoption process of an EHR system in different implementation stages: the initial implementation stage and post-implementation stage. The findings will hopefully help improve the design and implementation of future systems across the globe.
Three main themes emerged in the first stage:
In the post-implementation stage, the following trends emerged:
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