CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · The Arab Journal of Interventional Radiology 2018; 02(03): S10-S11
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1730674

The Impact of Implementation of Electronic Medical Record on the Practice

Khalid Othman
National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Omar Bashir
National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Mohammed Arabi
National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Background: The use of information technology (IT) had measurable impact on many aspects of the practice of medicine and radiology. The introduction of electronic medical records (EMRs) has improved work efficiency by standardization of data collection and protocols, reducing the chances for medical errors, and facilitated long-term data maintenance. Implementation of EMR in interventional radiology represents a unique challenge, where both clinical and radiology information has to be integrated. Methods: This poster discusses the impact of introducing a new EMR system on workflow in vascular interventional radiology (VIR) and briefly discusses the preparation for launching EMR system, obstacles, advantages, and disadvantages based on an electronic survey of employees in the VIR unit at King Abdulaziz Medical City and King Abdullah Specialized Children Hospital. Results: Launching the EMR system was preceded by 6-month period of a hospital-wide training, introducing the new EMR system to all health-care providers and associates. During this period, all hospital units were equipped with new computers, IPads, and special printers compatible with the new system. Integration of the Radiology Information System and new EMR was carefully conducted and monitored by the radiology IT team and new pre- and post-procedure order sets for every VIR procedure were uploaded to the system. Intensive training of staff and “super users” was done in preparation for the actual launch of the system. On-call clinical and IT teams along with hotlines were available on the day of “Go Live” for troubleshooting. The electronic survey of the VIR team on the use of EMR had a 66% response rate. Nearly 75.6% of the surveyed staff felt that the EMR system met their needs. Almost 69.7% considered EMR system as an easy-to-use system, with 84.8% preferring EMR to the use of paper record. About 63.3% of the surveyed staff agreed that the EMR system reduces the preprocedural preparation time. Nearly 51.7% of the responders did not think that the EMR system reduces the duration of patient stay in holding area after the procedure. Majority of the responders (62%) considered that the EMR system reduces the risk of medical errors when compared with paper records. Conclusion: The EMR system has the capability of significantly changing the workflow in VIR department. Our survey results indicate that the majority of users felt that the EMR system is easy to use and it met their needs.

Publication History

Article published online:
11 May 2021

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