What should rural hospitals do before implementing an EHR system?

Yuan-han Huang, Anand K. Gramopadhye

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Abstract

This study developed a series of recommendations for electronic health record system (EHR) implementation for the medication administration process within small-scale rural healthcare facilities. To establish a series of the EHR implementation preparation guidelines for the medication administration process in the rural healthcare facilities, focus groups were used to elicit the nurses' concerns in implementing the new EHR system for the medication administration during training sessions for the new system. This study compared the potential errors in the medication administration process before and after implementing the EHR system to demonstrate its impacts for healthcare practices. The results showed that the IT system indeed changed the workflow for passing out medications at the rural hospitals. A series of recommendations were suggested to eliminate the problems in the process, such as, prevent unnecessary interruptions, establish clearly and proper standards, optimize software interface and operations, provide proper medication preparation area, and optimize mediation restock schedules, etc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014
PublisherInstitute of Industrial Engineers
Pages86-91
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780983762430
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: May 31 2014Jun 3 2014

Publication series

NameIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014

Other

OtherIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period5/31/146/3/14

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Huang, Y., & Gramopadhye, A. K. (2014). What should rural hospitals do before implementing an EHR system? In IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014 (pp. 86-91). (IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014). Institute of Industrial Engineers.