Sound Shore Medical Center Completes U.S. Department of Defense Grant Research

Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester recently completed a grant research project for the U.S. Department of Defense that looked at the effectiveness of two different Electronic Health Records training approaches for nurses.

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These results will help ensure high quality patient care and safety both within our Health System and beyond.

New Rochelle, NY (PRWEB) September 20, 2012

Sound Shore Medical Center, a teaching hospital in Westchester, New York, recently announced the completion of a grant research project for the U.S. Department of Defense. The research compared two different Electronic Health Records (EHR) training approaches for nurses: a 16-hour traditional, instructor-led classroom experience and a modified approach, which retained all content of the traditional method, substituting a web-based teaching module for two hours of instruction-led learning.

The two distinctive teaching approaches, proved to have no significant affect on knowledge of and proficiency with the EHR system. However, a key finding of the study is that nurses with higher levels of education and computer proficiency required fewer hours of training and support. Therefore, web-based training for some users, based on initial computer proficiency, could be a cost-effective solution.

Electronic Health Records are a component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Act authorized Medicare and Medicaid incentives for hospitals, physicians and other health-related organizations to promote the adoption and meaningful use of EHR technology. The advantages of adopting EHRs include avoiding duplication of tests, reducing medical errors and improving care of chronic illnesses. EHR technology creates more efficient and cost effective healthcare and provides a national network of safe medical records.

Another facet of the study was participant characteristics and post-training outcomes, focusing on the participant's age, nursing experience and computer experience. "These results will help ensure high quality patient care and safety both within our Health System and beyond," said John R. Spicer, President and CEO of Sound Shore Medical Center.

About the company:
Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) is a 252-bed, community based, teaching hospital located at 16 Guion Place in New Rochelle. Since its founding in 1892, SSMC has served the diverse medical needs of the surrounding community and region, including training orthopedic doctors and orthopedic surgeons. It is a major teaching affiliate of New York Medical College, member of Sound Shore Health System and is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. On its campus is the 150-bed Schaffer Extended Care Center, which provides 50 beds for short-term rehabilitation patients and 100 for long-term residents. For more information, visit their website at http://www.ssmc.org.


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