EMR Systems: From a Travel Nurse Perspective

emr systemsThere are multiple platforms that are used for EMR’s.  As a travel nurse, you may be exposed to many different EMR systems.  Which EMR systems are user friendly?  Which ones are most liked by the Travel Nurse?

I asked this question of my readers and via several travel nursing forums and the responses that I received are broken down below:

 MedHost/EDIS
  • “We have switched to MedHost/EDIS working in the ER. If the componets are all purchased by the facility it works GREAT touch screen and basically point and click usage!!! All info switches over to HMS for inpatient care and labs/radiology.”  T. J.
 EMpower
  • “..quite efficient to use in the ER. Minimal switching between screens and user friendly if all components are in place.”   T.J.
EPIC
  • “….one of the most user friendly.”  I.J.
  • “easy to navigate, and you don’t lose info if you get called away from your charting.” C.A.
  • “Epic! Safer, streamlined, easy to navigate, and less chance to miss things. Love it. I work cardiac tele.” J.G.
  • ” Epic, hands down!! It is fast and sensible to find and chart stuff.” A.K.
  • “User friendly. Easy to learn.” I.J.
  • “Epic seems to be alittle more user friendly”  C.M.
CERNER
  • “….one of the most user friendly.”  I.J.
  • “…I prefer Cerner” K.J.
  • “I love Cerner…takes some getting used to but sooo user-friendly!!” B.D.
  • “Working with Cerner right now, grrrrr hate it! It takes me like 5 clicks just to open a progress note.”  A.K.
  • “User friendly. Easy to learn.” I.J.
CPSI
  • “…highly dislike CPSI” J.M.
Meditech
  • “Windows based meditech is okay, DOS based meditech S**Ks” C.A.
  • “I would avoid a hospital…(with Meditech) ” B.D.
  • “We had that system at my local hospital for years… Hated it!” C.A.

It would seem that there is certainly some controversy in which is the best system.  What are your thoughts?  Post in the comments below.

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TheGypsyNurse

As a travel nursing educator, Candy aka Gypsy Nurse, RN has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, working up the ranks from CNA to LPN to RN. For the past nine years, she’s worked as a travel nurse, allowing her to practice and live in 15 states throughout the U.S. She regularly shares advice for those interested in travel nurse jobs on her website at: www.thegypsynurse.com.

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