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How can staff be prepared for an electronic record system?

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  • Article: Cooper A (2012) Electronic record system preparation. Nursing Times; 108: 6, 26-27.
  • Author: Anne Cooper is national clinical lead for nursing, Department of Health Informatics Directorate.

Key points

  1. Clinical staff often show a lack of engagement or scepticism about using technology
  2. Careful planning and involving nursing teams is vital when implementing electronic record systems
  3. Nurse leaders need to consider whether IT systems fit with their professional values
  4. The Caldicott guardian in each trust is a helpful resource
  5. A team effort is crucial in reaping the benefits more quickly for patients and staff

Let’s discuss

Think about how you respond to new technology in the work place.

  • Do you feel excited about it or does it make you feel anxious? Why?
  • If technology makes you or one of your team anxious or worried list actions you could take to address these concerns?
  • If you are using electronic record systems how is patient confidentiality assured?
  • How could you measure the effect of new technology on patient care and the ward team?
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Readers' comments (1)

  • The only truly interoperable health record is probably still the paper Pregnancy hand-held record. I think we need to find a balance between paper and electronic systems.

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