Evaluating Clinical Information Systems - How the Electronic Medical Record is Used in Hospitals in Michigan

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MBI Masters Student


Dr. Guenter Tusch, tuschg@gvsu.edu

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Electronic medical records are on the rise in healthcare. Hospitals in this present era seem to be turning to electronic medical records to increase productivity and revenue, and as a solution to a multitude of challenges such as data entry errors and redundant patient data. Electronic medical records (EMRs) have contributed to improved healthcare, eliminated duplicate data entries and errors, “improved clinician satisfaction and efficiency”. Though security and confidentiality have posed to be a concern, the use of electronic medical records has allowed medical institutions to better manage the health of their patients. The objective of this research project was to explore and evaluate the use of electronic medical records in hospitals located in Michigan. To implement this study, an online survey was distributed to all Hospitals in Michigan. Hospitals in Michigan were identified according to the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) address list. The EMR Adoption Model of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) was used to assess the status of the implementation of the EMR. The survey was focused on the following content areas: ➢ If EMR is not adopted yet, what are the barriers to adopt one ➢ Factors driving the adoption of EMRs in Michigan hospitals (e.g. President Obama's Health IT Initiative) ➢ Type of EMR Software used in institution and applications installed ➢ Effect of EMR on patient care, patient safety and efficiency of healthcare ➢ Security and privacy aspects of the systems (HIPAA compliance) ➢ Training of users to get acquainted with EMR ➢ Ease of Use of the system ➢ User satisfaction with the current EMR system These content areas will be explained using the example of the Cerner PowerChart® Electronic Medical Record System. The results of the survey will be presented.

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