Nurses to access new e-learning modules on My Health Record
The modules are part of an initiative by the ADHA and Australian College of Nursing that aims to get nurses better acquainted with MHR and improve patient outcomes.
Nurses have previously raised concerns that data entry errors, technical problems and poor use of system communication channels related to electronic health records could jeopardise patient safety.
However, properly trained, they, along with the EHRs, could help minimise medication errors; improve patient data entry, accuracy, completeness and sustainability; and increase efficiencies — allowing nurses to spend more time with patients.
Specialist General Practice Nurse and Lecturer in Digital Health Dr Helen Almond said, “Nurses make up the largest number of healthcare professionals in Australia; it is therefore essential they have access to training that will support them to use the system with confidence and competence.”
The Chair of ACN’s Nursing Informatics Community of Interest, Adjunct Associate Professor Naomi Dobroff, added,“As the frontline of the healthcare system, nurses will be the first point of contact for patients when discussing their options in using electronic health records.”
As a result, the new modules have been tailored to the nursing role and will count towards nurses’ continued professional development.
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