Background | Areas of Current Investigation | AHRQ-Funded Projects | Selected EMR Resources | Electronic medical record (EMR) systems, defined as "an electronic record of health-related information on an individual that can be created, gathered, managed, and consulted by authorized clinicians and staff within one health care organization,"  have the potential to provide substantial benefits to physicians, clinic practices, and health care organizations.
These systems can facilitate workflow and improve the quality of patient care and patient safety.
Nurses are giving TED talks, publishing scientific research, developing mobile medical applications, and actively addressing health care policy.
In hospitals, clinics, and care centers around the US, nurses are rising to meet these challenges.
And advanced nursing education is empowering nurses to lead the way.
Let us begin on a positive note and take a look at the "good" EHRs can offer practices and health systems alike to start.
I've outlined from my experience the six main benefits. Improved data accessibility Before EHRs, access to medical charts required a fair amount of physical labor.