Male medical student uses a computer to watch an educational video.

EMR 101 for medical students

10 December 2019

Medical students across NSW now have access to an online course about NSW Health’s electronic medical record (EMR), a system which is bringing smarter, safer, better patient care to more than 21,000 beds in 179 public hospitals and counting.

Designed by clinicians for future clinicians, the ‘Introduction to the EMR for Medical Students’ series of short videos now on My Health Learning was produced in response to a gap in EMR education at a tertiary level, said Lyn Packer, Director of eHealth NSW’s Clinical Applications Services.

To address this, eHealth NSW collaborated with the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) to produce the videos, which give medical students an ‘EMR 101’ before they begin on-the-job rotations as junior medical officers.

Male medical student uses a computer to watch an educational video.
Medical student Chris Morris watches video content from the ‘Introduction to the EMR for Medical Students’ module on My Health Learning.

“Medical students are incredibly time poor so we have crammed a lot of highly relevant detail into short, information-rich bursts of video,” said Dr Grant Rogers, Clinical Lead for eHealth NSW’s EMR Connect Program.

“The feedback so far has been incredibly positive. Tertiary students and educators feel that their request for clear, concise and clinically relevant information on using the EMR has been heard.”

Students benefit from eMR training

One such fan is medical student Chris Morris from Western NSW Local Health District (LHD).

“After completing the module I feel confident I have a basic understanding of the layout of the EMR and I feel well prepared to find relevant information for patients under the care of my clinical team,” said Mr Morris, a medical student at the University of Sydney’s School of Rural Health in Orange.

The videos support eHealth NSW’s efforts to build a digital health workforce of tomorrow, today, by building workforce readiness and capability at universities and in the vocational education sector.

Although the videos were designed for medical students, anyone with a StaffLink number can view them by entering ‘Introduction to the EMR for Medical Students’ in the search field of My Health Learning.

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