Student access to electronic medical records: missing an opportunity to prepare our workforce

Kristian Stanceski, Nathaniel Alexander, Janelle Gifford, Melissa Baysari

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The use of an electronic medical record (EMR) during a student's clinical placement is intricately linked with student learning and skill development necessary to become a competent healthcare professional. However, significant variation currently exists in student EMR access and use within healthcare. In this study, we bring to light evidence of this variability amongst medical, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health student placements, both in policy and in practice. We found some health districts lack student policies on EMR use, as well as prohibiting important tasks including record writing capabilities. There was also variation in exposure to EMR training. In order to provide healthcare students with optimal education that includes technological competency, we identify a need for changes to both policies and practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContext Sensitive Health Informatics and the Pandemic Boost
Subtitle of host publicationAll Systems Go!
EditorsAdeola Bamgboje-Ayodele, Mirela Prgomet, Craig E. Kuziemsky, Peter Elkin, Christian Nøhr
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781643683997
ISBN (Print)9781643683980
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2023
Externally publishedYes
EventContext Sensitive Health Informatics Conference - The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 5 Jul 20236 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


ConferenceContext Sensitive Health Informatics Conference
Abbreviated titleCSHI 2023
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  • allied health training
  • electronic medical record
  • information systems
  • medical placements
  • medical teaching
  • patient safety
  • student development
  • teaching and learning
  • technology literacy


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