Omaha, NE (May 7, 2015) – A travel nurse and his or her expertise are integral to a patient's success, but as value-based care becomes more influential in the U.S. health care system, electronic health records will also fit into the care continuum, as discussed by travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group. However, since EHRs have become widely adopted since the HITECH Act in 2009 and the subsequent meaningful use incentives, there have been some noted challenges along the way for nurses.
EHRs are here to stay
According to a recent data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, around three-fourths of hospitals in the U.S. (76 percent) had adopted at least a basic EHR system by 2014, which represents an eight-fold increase since 2008. Additionally, evidence from the Kalorma Institute shows that the EHR and EMR market reached nearly $25 billion in 2014, so both the private and public health care sectors are on board with this technology. The ONC is also trying to optimize EHRs so that they can become interoperable, which means that many nurses will have to become familiar with this technology and communication portal.
However, it seems that the growing pains are already prevalent for many nurses when it comes to EHRs, and there's a good chance you might be one of them. According to a Q3 2014 Black Book EHR Loyalty Survey, 92 percent of nurses expressed dissatisfaction with EHRs.
"Technology can help nurses do their jobs more effectively or it can be a highly intrusive burden on the hospital nurse delivering patient care," Doug Brown, managing partner of Black Book Market Research, explained in a press release associated with the survey findings. "Many compounding nurse productivity problems can be sourced to the failure of those selecting and implementing an EHR to involve direct care nurses in the process."
Read the full article for more on the top EHR challenges for travel nurses.
About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.