What about COWS or computers on wheels, how has that assisted physicians and nursing when traveling from room to room charting patient medications inputs and outputs for the EHR? Has that improved efficiency or cycle times and is it effective?
COWS (Computers On Wheels) have been shown to be effective in improving the efficiency of physicians and nurses when charting patient medications inputs and outputs for Electronic Health Records (EHR). By using these specialized laptop or tablet computers on a wheeled cart, healthcare providers can access an EHR from anywhere in the hospital, allowing them to easily move between rooms without having to manually transfer information from one device to another. This has resulted in improved efficiency as it reduces cycle times by making data entry more intuitive and accessible while reducing paperwork errors. COWS also improve safety by providing real-time data which is essential for accurate decision making regarding medication administration, dosing and other important areas of care. Additionally, some studies have shown that patients perceive a higher level of quality care when their documentation is entered into the EHR at bedside rather than after they are discharged from the hospital.