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Using Computers in the Exam Room

Using Computers in the Exam Room

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Debra McGrath, CRNP
Purchasing an electronic health records system is the first step to assimilation of the new system into the fabric of a practice. The next hurdle is use of the electronic health record as close to the point of patient care as possible, which requires the clinician to use a computer. This article presents some of the unique challenges of using computers to document patient encounters and some practical advice and considerations for improving the use of computers at the bedside.