Universitat Barcelona (SPAIN)
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Appears in: INTED2016 Proceedings
Publication year: 2016
Page: 5729 (abstract only)
ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2016.0372
Conference name: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2016
Location: Valencia, Spain
Nursing students are involved in a new health scenario. Electronic Health Records (EHR) is the tool that is becoming crucial to improve the efficiency of health systems. It is an important educational goal to analyze if nursing students detect the relevance of this tool and its impact on people healthcare.

The results indicate that nurses perceive that EHR make a positive contribution to the continuity of care, as they allow them to look up the patient's care path, while being indifferent regarding the recording of data on devices and its usability. It is important that nursing students detect the relevance of this tool.
Information integration is one of the elements that define and contribute to continuity as a central element to achieve a better quality care process and to integrate patient care. In most cases, EHR is the chosen technology solution to integrate such information from a single record for each patient, making it accessible at any time from any healthcare setting or geographical location. All users of the health system can benefit from the continuity of care provided by ICT in general and, more specifically, EHR. However, patients with chronic diseases, or who need more regular and continuous attention, are those that can potentially benefit the most. In the opinions of healthcare professionals, technologists and managers, the availability of and having access to patient health information is one aspect that can be of most benefit to patients as a result of the incorporation of ICT in the field of health.
To be able to integrate care, it is necessary that health professionals have all the information relating to the health and social aspects of the patient that could have prominence or relevance in ensuring that care is integrated and continuous. From a technological point of view, EHR is a basic tool, although it should work with other elements or aspects of training, attitudes and adaptation of processes and institutions using shared information: security, privacy, device usability or designs adapted to the needs of health professionals and tailored to the users that these professionals provide.

Nursing students will be a key element in the delivery of people health when they become graduated nurses. EHR is the tool that facilitate coordination, knowledge of the patient's care path and provide continuity of care. They can also allow for more integrated patient healthcare.

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education, information integrated, continuity of care, coordination of care.