Wherever you work, care records are an essential part of the daily routine of every health care professional, and those that cover nursing are often highly complex. It is safe to say that the transition from a paper-based system to a digital one can be challenging, but the RCN digital ready campaign has demonstrated that many people agree on the benefits of an integrated electronic health system that works for clinicians and patients.
The aim of the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) is to ensure that the structure and content of all electronic health records in health and social care follow widely agreed high quality information standards so there is a single, comprehensive, useable electronic health record (EHR) in whatever setting the person is looked after in. The RCN are founding members of the PRSB as are all of the Medical Royal Colleges.
Patient-centred care is at the heart of nursing: we know that patients want information about their health to be available wherever they access the health service. You may have heard of John’s Campaign for example (see below). We also know that they do not want to have to repeatedly give their information to health care professionals after their initial contact. That is why it’s so important that nurses are involved, right from the start, in the development of electronic health records that are fit for purpose, and crucially, transferable across health and social care organisations.