Electronic Patient Record Systems (EPR) have the potential to bring huge benefits to patients and staff and have already been widely implemented in medical environments throughout the UK. Storing and sharing health information electronically can speed up clinical communication, reduce the number of errors and assist doctors in diagnosis and treatment. Patients can also have more control over their own healthcare. Electronic data also has vast potential to improve the quality of healthcare audits and research.
Benefits of Electronic Patient Records:
- Reduction in transcription errors
- Patients information available whenever needed
- Real time information results in earlier patient discharges / reduced patient wait time
- Enhancement of the patient experience via involvement in care plan and ability to view records and X-Rays at the bedside.
With the NHS currently hoping to be completely paperless by 2020, there has never been a better time for hospitals to begin implementing medical grade computer workstations on wards and other medical areas.
Health services care for thousands of patients every day, with a wide range of health conditions and requirements. Having up to date, accurate information, available to everyone, whenever it’s needed helps trusts to offer the best care they can and ensure that patients get the treatment they need.
EPR goes beyond being a system for storing information. When patient records are stored on paper, the information can only be understood and analysed by staff reading through all of it every time they see a patient. EPR is capable of taking this information and applying the knowledge, intelligence and experience of a much wider network.
In addition to this, it can be a valuable tool in managing the wider healthcare system. EPR can help to manage the flow of patients through hospitals, helping them respond to increases in demand by identifying where beds are available (or where they might be available tomorrow) and offering insights into how services are used and where they could be more efficient. By drawing on best practice from across the NHS and beyond, EPR could give everyone working in local health services the tools they need to deliver safer, more efficient care.
MedicalMounts are experienced in providing small footprint, ergonomically designed workstation solutions that allow clinicians to access EPR’s in both sitting and standing operations. Our range of combination Monitor & Keyboard Arms can be combined with a wall or pole mounted CPU holder to help further reduce the physical footprint required to accommodate an EPR Workstation.
The ErgoMounts Elite Monitor & Keyboard Arm shown here has been installed into a high dependency ward within a major UK hospital. Each clinicians has been provided with the means to set the monitor and keyboard to their correct, comfortable working position while both sitting and standing. Two gas assisted cylinders allow the arm to move and be adjusted effortlessly without the need of tools or technical know how.
Dr Paul Wadsworth from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors has stated, “if workstation adjustments are not easy and intuitive, the user will not utilise the feature.”
The Elite series allows for quick and simple user adjustment without the need for in depth engineering expertise or reverting to long instruction manuals.
To find out more about how MedicalMounts can help you implement a new EPR system, contact our team today.