Do Electronic Health Records Help Undergraduate Students Develop Health Informatics Competencies?




Borycki, Elizabeth M.
Griffith, Janessa
Reid, Paulette
Kuo, Mu-Hsing
Kushniruk, Andre W.

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Studies in Health Technology and Informatics


In this paper we describe the effects of hands-on exposure to an educational electronic health record (EHR) system upon undergraduate health informatics (HI) student competency development. We undertook a quasiexperimental study (i.e. pre-test, post-test design), where students were given the opportunity to do hands-on work with an educational EHR over a 10 week period. HI student competencies were measured pre and post educational EHR exposure. Several HI student competencies improved significantly following hands-on work with the EHR. As well, students provided more in-depth and higher quality case study answers after working with the educational EHR.



health informatics, biomedical informatics, undergraduate, education, electronic health record


Borycki, E.M., Griffith, J., Reid, P., Kuo, M-H., & Kushniruk, A.W. (2014). Do electronic health records help undergraduate students develop health informatics competencies? In Lovis, C., Séroussi, B., Hasman, A., Pape-Haugaard, L., Saka, O. & Andersen, S.K. (Eds.), Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Volume 205: e-Health—For Continuity of Care (pp.838-842). Amsterdam, NL: IOS Press.