Electronic health records and their effect on design
As electronic health records become the norm in most hospitals, do you have to significantly change the design of patient rooms and nurses stations?
45.83% - Yes
25.00% - No
29.17% - There are changes that need to be addressed, but not significant ones
- Mobile computers allow flexibility and less fixed work surface space. Extensive and easy ergonomic adjustability is essential for computer workstations, whether desk, wall-mounted, or mobile units.
- They need the computer(s) at point of care.
- The work of the Unit Secretary must be better understood in an EMR world. There is a need to address the work spaces needed for ancillary care givers ie. Social Services.
- Nurse Stations will need less storage and counters for writing reports. These areas can now be a calmer area such as a library, kitchen, or lounge setting. Computers can mount under the desk or tables or attached to the nurse belt.
Electronic charts could best be placed in the patient room in a locked cabinet on the head wall.