Patient safety is a major concern for the health care industry
Patient safety is a major concern for the health care industry. Refer to the topic materials to discuss how this concern may be addressed during the EHR needs assessment.
The use of technology in health care has increased profoundly, with the use of electronic health records (EHRs) increasing proportionately. Integration of such technologies has optimized health outcomes, but patient safety concern still hampers their effectiveness. Unless addressed sufficiently, health care organizations cannot achieve the required performance benchmarks. The patient-provider relationship may be damaged, and patients’ health risked. This discussion examines how patient safety concerns may be addressed during the EHR needs assessment.
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- Your response needs to be a minimum of 150 words (not including your list of references)
- There needs to be at least TWO references with ONE being a peer reviewed professional journal article.
- Include in-text citations in your response
- Do not include quotes—instead summarize and paraphrase the information
- Follow APA-7th edition
- Points will be deducted if the above is not followed
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- Each response needs to be at least 75 words in length (does not include your list of references)
- Responses need to be substantive by bringing information to the discussion or further enhance the discussion. Responses of “I agree” or “great post” does not count for the word count.
- Follow APA 7th edition
- Points will be deducted if the above is not followed
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A needs assessment serves as the guideline for a successful EHR implementation. Kabukye et al. (2020) described needs assessment as the foundation guiding the choice of EHR software vendor, design-build choices, and functionality. The issue of safety should be prioritized during the EHR needs assessment. Designers and implementers of EHR tools and systems should assess security features and ensure that EHR systems are secure in all dimensions. Ratwani et al. (2017) further recommended the need for user-centered designs and interfaces in EHR systems to ensure that their use does not lead to adverse events. Patient information should be shared safely and with authorized personnel. Safety performance can also be improved by performing safety evaluations regularly or after upgrades and sharing the results with EHR vendors to enable them to create safer products (Holmgren et al., 2018). In this case, EHR needs assessment should be a continuous process seeking continuous improvement of EHR tools, devices, and systems.
In conclusion, patient safety should be prioritized when exploring strategies to make EHR produce the desired results in health care organizations. It is crucial to examine EHR-related issues that can lead to safety concerns such as configuration and designs. User-centeredness should be considered during needs assessment to ensure that health care providers are comfortable using EHRs and can interpret and use patients’ information appropriately. Overall, addressing patient safety concerns during the EHR needs assessment has much to do with enhancing systems security and preventing the possibility of adverse events stemming from using EHRs as much as possible.
Enhancing Quality and Safety Scoring Guide
|Explain factors leading to a specific patient-safety risk focusing on medication administration.||Does not identify factors leading to a specific patient-safety risk focusing on medication administration.||Identifies factors leading to a specific patient-safety risk focusing on medication administration.||Explains factors leading to a specific patient-safety risk focusing on medication administration.||Explains factors leading to a specific patient-safety risk focusing on medication administration. Makes reference to specific data, evidence, or standards to illustrate the safety risk.|
|Explain evidence-based and best-practice solutions to improve patient safety focusing on medication administration and reducing costs.||Does not identify evidence-based and best-practice solutions to improve patient safety focusing on medication administration and reducing costs.||Identifies evidence-based and best-practice solutions to improve patient safety focusing on medication administration and/or discusses reducing costs but not both.||Explains evidence-based and best-practice solutions to improve patient safety focusing on medication administration and reducing costs.||Explains evidence-based and best practice solutions to improve patient safety focusing on medication administration and reducing costs. Makes explicit reference to scholarly or professional resources to support explanation.|
|Explain how nurses can help coordinate care to increase patient safety with medication administration and reduce costs.||Does not identify how nurses can help coordinate care to increase patient safety with medication administration and reduce costs.||Identifies how nurses can help coordinate care to increase patient safety with medication administration and/or how to reduce costs but not both.||Explains how nurses can help coordinate care to increase patient safety with medication administration and reduce costs.||Explains how nurses can help coordinate care to increase patient safety with medication administration and reduce costs, providing specific examples related to a patient safety risk.|
|Identify stakeholders with whom nurses would need to coordinate to drive quality and safety enhancements with medication administration.||Does not identify stakeholders with whom nurses would need to coordinate to drive quality and safety enhancements with medication administration.||Identifies stakeholders, but their relevance to collaboration with nurses or their ability to drive quality and safety enhancements with medication administration is unclear.||Identifies stakeholders with whom nurses would need to coordinate to drive quality and safety enhancements with medication administration.||Identifies stakeholders with whom nurses would need to coordinate to drive quality and safety enhancements with medication administration, noting the relevance and potential importance of the stakeholders.|
|Organize content so ideas flow logically with smooth transitions; contains few errors in grammar or punctuation, word choice, and spelling.||Does not organize content for ideas. Lacks logical flow and smooth transitions.||Organizes content with some logical flow and smooth transitions. Contains errors in grammar or punctuation, word choice, and spelling.||Organizes content so ideas flow logically with smooth transitions; contains few errors in grammar or punctuation, word choice, and spelling.||Organizes content with a clear purpose. Content flows logically with smooth transitions using coherent paragraphs, correct grammar or punctuation, word choice, and free of spelling errors.|
|Apply APA formatting to in-text citations and references exhibiting nearly flawless adherence to APA format.||Does not apply APA formatting to headings, in-text citations, and references. Does not use quotes or paraphrase correctly.||Applies APA formatting to in-text citations, headings and references incorrectly or inconsistently, detracting noticeably from the content. Inconsistently uses headings, quotes or paraphrasing.||Applies APA formatting to in-text citations and references exhibiting nearly flawless adherence to APA format.||Exhibits strict and flawless adherence to APA formatting of headings, in-text citations, and references. Quotes and paraphrases correctly.|