As the conversion to an electronic health record intensifies, the question of which data-entry device works best in what environment and situation is paramount. Specifically, what is the best mix of equipment to purchase and install on clinical units based on staff preferences and budget constraints? The authors discuss their evaluation of stationary personal computers, workshops on wheels, and handheld tablets related to timeliness of data entry and their use of focus groups to ascertain the pros/cons of data-entry devices and staff preferences. An assessment of the implications for costs related to the timeliness of data entry is also presented.
Authors' Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Carlson), Assistant Professors (Drs Catrambone, Fogg, and Brown), Graduate Student (Mr Garcia), Professor (Dr M Johnson), College of Nursing; Chief IS Architect (Mr Oder), Director, IS (Ms Nauseda), Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Associate Dean for Practice (Dr Llewellyn), Rush University Medical Center; Associate Professor (Dr T Johnson), Instructor, College of Health Sciences (MrOder and Ms Nauseda), Rush University, Chicago, Illinois.
Corresponding author: Dr Carlson, Rush University College of Nursing, 1064 D Armour Academic Center, 600 S Paulina, Chicago, IL 60612 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Funding: The authors acknowledge funding from the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship Grant program at Rush University Medical Center.