Implementation of electronic medical records. Part 3 – training medical staff in the area of technical and legal use of sensitive data
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Student Wydziału Pielęgniarstwa i Nauk o Zdrowiu, Uniwersytet Medyczny w Lublinie
Samodzielna Pracownia Metod Informatycznych i Zdalnego Nauczania, Uniwersytet Medyczny w Lublinie
Zakład Informatyki i Statystyki Zdrowia, Instytut Medycyny Wsi w Lublinie
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Damian Marek Szymczyk   

Wydział Pielęgniarstwa i Nauk o Zdrowiu, Uniwersytet Medyczny w Lublinie, Al. Racławickie 1, 20-059 Lublin
Med Og Nauk Zdr. 2013;19(3):331-336
Information technology is increasingly more often considered as an important instrument for the improvement of patient safety, effectiveness and quality of care, especially in evidence based medicine. From among all computer science solutions in the area of health care which are currently in use, the electronic medical records system (EMR) has the chance to bring about the greatest benefits. In order to fully use the possibilities associated with the new solution, it is necessary to properly train the staff who will be engaged in the processing of sensitive data within this system, preserving the policy of data security.

The objective of the survey was evaluation of the knowledge of medical staff concerning the safety of sensitive data, and training in the operation of e-records.

Material and Methods:
A survey concerning the use of electronic medical records was conducted in February 2013 at the Outpatient Department ‘Kamed’ in Katowice. An anonymous questionnaire was distributed among physicians, nurses and medical records keepers.

Only 58.6% of respondents considered the time devoted to training in electronic medical records as adequate, and nearly 40% of physicians and nurses turned on many occasions to another medical professional while using the new software. Slightly more than a half of respondents were aware of the presence of instructions for managing the information system, and 85% of them became familiar with the safety policy in the facility.

The study showed that it is necessary to increase the number of hours of training for physicians and nurses. It is also important to place more emphasis during trainings on organizational aspects, i.e. instruction for managing information system and safety policy.

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