Table 2

Benefits and challenges of electronic health records implementation

PositivesNegatives
Doctors
  • More legible.

  • More sustainable.

  • More accessible/trackable.

  • Centralised.

  • Not enough computers.

  • Complexity/implementation barrier.

  • Information excess (too many mandatory fields, unnecessary system-generated information).

  • Slow to document/type.

  • Not used electronic documentation before.

Non-doctors
  • More accessible/available (to multiple staff at once).

  • More legible.

  • Uses same medium as nursing notes.

  • Accurate timestamping.

  • No delay when recalling from medical records.

  • Information governance (computer screens often left open).

  • No accessibility during system downtime.