Journal article

The impact of electronic health record systems on clinical documentation times: A systematic review

Lisa Ann Baumann, Jannah Baker, Adam G Elshaug

Health Policy | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Effective management of hospital staff time is crucial to quality patient care. Recent years have seen widespread implementation of electronic health record (EHR) systems but the effect of this on documentation time is unknown. This review compares time spent on documentation tasks by hospital staff (physicians, nurses and interns) before and after EHR implementation. METHODS: A systematic search identified 8153 potentially relevant citations. Studies examining proportion of total workload spent on documentation with ≥40 h of staff observation time were included. Meta-analysis was performed for physicians, nurses and interns comparing pre- and post-EHR results. Studies were weigh..

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