Physician and nurse satisfaction with an Electronic Medical Record system

Antonios Likourezos, Donald B Chalfin, Daniel G Murphy, Barbara Sommer, Kelly Darcy, Steven J Davidson
Journal of Emergency Medicine 2004, 27 (4): 419-24
Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are intended to support clinical activity, improve efficiency, and reduce error. Reluctance to use EMRs may exist among clinicians. The purpose of this study was to assess physician and nurse satisfaction with an Emergency Department (ED) EMR. We surveyed Emergency Medicine (EM) physicians and nurses at a large urban teaching hospital after implementation of an Emergency Department EMR. The questionnaire assessed: 1) computer background and experience; 2) perceptions regarding EMR use; and 3) concerns about impact upon quality of patient care. The clinicians find the EMR easy to use and are generally satisfied with the impact on their work. However, they report that the EMR has no positive impact on patient care. They report confusion in following the sequence of screens, and are concerned with the amount of time it takes to use the EMR and the confidentiality of patient information. Similar results were found between physicians and nurses. Nurses, but not physicians, report that they are able to finish work much faster than before implementation (p < 0.05). We were unable to correlate computer background and experience with satisfaction with an EMR. This survey suggests that EM physicians and nurses favor the use of an EMR and suggests opportunities for EMR enhancement.


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