May 6, 2021

Thinking About a New EHR? Get Nurses Involved

Updated December 15, 2022  |  Published May 6, 2021 by Helen Farnen


Acting as the front-line for care in most medical practices, in addition to other care duties, nurses are responsible for charting patient information, biometrics, symptoms, and medical histories that physicians use during appointments. Technology that enables easy and accurate patient record management plays a significant role in health outcomes by helping make physician time more productive and effective.

In most practices, nurses are generally the power users of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). According to MGMA, nurses account for almost 75% of chart use, while physicians make up the other 25%. And when you consider the number of nurses in the U.S.—more than 3.8 million Registered Nurses — this cohort is an important EHR consumer.

Fortunately, nurses report being satisfied with their EHR experiences. In fact, 62% of nurses are having positive EHR experiences, compared with just 16% of physicians. And nurses tend to be more confident about their ability to use the EHR than their physician counterparts: 78% of nurses versus 56% of doctors.

Why nurses are enthusiast about EHRs

Nurses believe that EHRs are beneficial to patient safety and quality of care. Not surprisingly, 71% find EHR software far superior to paper-based medical records, despite spending approximately one-third of their time recording documentation. 

Nurses are also more than twice as likely to be satisfied when the EHR includes advanced functionality, such as electronic prescribing and clinical decision support tools. 

Another factor for nurses is the amount of EHR training provided. Compared to 64% of physicians, 72% of nurses say they received enough training to use their EHR effectively. And similar to medical school students, EHR training is being added to nursing school curriculums.

When nurses are onboard, your EHR is more successful

When nurses embrace EHR technology, it greatly increases the effectiveness of the software and the productivity of your practice. Research shows that 50% of EHR implementations fail when nurses are not willing to use their software. As expected, the longer nurses work with an EHR, the more comfortable they become and their willingness to utilize it grows. Also, as nurses become more accepting of their EHR software, they are more likely to encourage others in the practice to use it. 

Providers in the market for new EMR software should understand that nurses in your practice can add significant value during the evaluation and selection process. Currently, only 25% of nurses are active participants in the EHR buying process. However, since nurses play such a large role in charting and health records, getting them more involved in the decision means a greater chance that the software will fit your practice needs. 

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