Nurses ready to take the lead on e-health records

PRACTICE nurses could be­-come the key drivers in the rollout of e-health initiatives at a practice level, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners says.

The college said practice nurses had the potential to become “the change agents” in practices to improve the quality of electronic data on patient medical records – the most imperative part of the establishment of shared electronic health records.

Practice nurses had proved their ability to manage such projects because of the way they managed accreditation at a practice level, it said.

“As general practice starts to… work towards the personally controlled electronic health record, the quality of data held in patient medical files will be an imperative. 

“Ensuring data quality is a major challenge, and nurses can play a role in reviewing practice data to better evaluate where gaps in data exist,” a spokesperson said.