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Problems With EHRs Linked to Nurse Dissatisfaction, Poor Patient Care

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Hospitals using inadequate electronic health record (EHR) technology have higher rates of nurse dissatisfaction, burnout and intent to leave, as well as worsened patient outcomes and a higher likelihood of 30-day readmission, according to an AHRQ-funded study in Medical Care. Researchers reviewed data from more than 1.2 million surgical patients and 12,000 nurses at 343 hospitals in four states. They also found previously undocumented associations between EHR usability and an increased surgical patient mortality rate (21 percent) as well as significantly higher odds of 30-day readmission. Study authors suggested that employing EHR systems with suboptimal usability may be partly responsible for the growing prevalence of burnout among nurses.

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