As long-term care (LTC) providers take a more expansive view of health information technology (HIT) beyond automated charting and the elimination of paperwork, they are beginning to see HIT and, more specifically, electronic medical records (EMRs) as tools to summarize trends in a patient's care, improve provider decision making, decrease errors, monitor the application of evidence-based disease protocols and, ultimately, improve quality and safety. Providers investigating the implementation of EMRs should retain one fundamental but obvious consideration that is often overlooked: LTC settings are very different from hospitals and physicians' offices. To maximize the benefits of an EMR, the system must collect and dispense information at the point of care. Safeguarding protected health information while using an EMR both within the facility and from remote sources is another important consideration. At the nursing home, redundancy is required in power, such as a backup generator and networking.
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