Electronic health records (EHRs) are digital versions of a patient's medical history and can be a valuable tool in respiratory therapy education. Here are a few ways an EHR might be incorporated into a respiratory therapy curriculum:
- Students can use EHRs to review real-world cases and learn how to document patient care and treatment plans.
- Instructors can use EHRs to demonstrate how to properly record patient information and use it to make clinical decisions.
- EHRs can be used in simulations to give students hands-on experience working with electronic health records.
- Students can learn how to use the various features of an EHR, such as ordering tests, medications, reviewing test results, and other relevant patient information.
- EHRs can be used to track a patient's progress over time, which can be valuable in understanding the effectiveness of different treatment options.
Overall, incorporating EHRs into a respiratory therapy curriculum can provide students with valuable experience working with this important tool and help them better understand how to use it in their future careers.
Which Educational EHR to implement?
Over the past 15 years, several of educational or academic EHRs have been developed. Most of the major publishing companies have developed a system, as have the major test prep companies. You’ll also find several dedicated educational EHRs, which have worked great for many programs.
We were inspired to create ChartFlow from a decade of experience working with programs that were implementing an academic EHR. The feedback we received was clear—respiratory therapy educators wanted a system that was flexible, easy-to-use, and affordable.
At ChartFlow, our respiratory therapy flowsheets are currently in their infancy. It’s early 2023 and we expect by springtime to not only have a set of standard flowsheets & forms available but also the ability for respiratory therapy programs to customize our system to better fit their needs.
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