The contemporary medicine and nursing field is slowly being infiltrated by the constant advance in technology. Healthcare technology aims at providing sustainable improvement in the quality of healthcare offered in modern hospitals and health facilities. An integral part of healthcare technology with regard to the nursing field is nursing informatics which integrates nursing science with multiple information management and analytical sciences to define, manage and communicate nursing data. Nursing informatics is what informs and shapes the healthcare technology of electronic medical records (EMR), which is of the essence in the collection, analysis, management and communication of a patient’s healthcare data.
Electronic medical records (EMRs) are the digital equivalents of a patient’s health records and reports. EMRs aims at revolutionizing the process of diagnosis of patients by ensuring that a patient’s medical data including his or her medical history, records and charts are collected and stored digitally (Caron et al., 2017). The use of EMRs offers both the nursing and medicine fields numerous advantages that can be harnessed to ensure massive improvement in the quality of healthcare provided in the average American health facility. EMRs enable the storage of a patient’s data digitally thus a patient’s health data can be tracked over a given period by multiple health experts without necessarily requiring the physical presence of the patient (Dubovitskaya et al., 2017). Moreover, EMRs enables medical providers to access relevant evidence-based tools that can be used to ensure that the best medical care is offered to patients (Wolff et al., 2017). Moreover, the use of EMRs in nursing is quite cheap compared to the cost of buying paper documents for recording patients’ data and the cost involved in their storage.
The above advantages associated with the use of EMRs can improve the quality of healthcare offered in American healthcare facilities. Moreover, the fact that EMRs relies on nursing informatics to operate reduces the probability of nursing and medical errors in their use.
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