paper charting

  1. Hey all,
    Just curious to see how many of you all still do complete paper charting. My agency is still all paper. We have been told they are looking into computers for us, but are checking various programs out. We are salary which is good considering all the paperwork. I can't imagine pay per visit with no computers. I love Home Health though. It is refreshing to get to actually do a good assessment and get to really know your patients.
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  3. by   jnette
    Quote from mim-o
    Hey all,
    Just curious to see how many of you all still do complete paper charting. My agency is still all paper. We have been told they are looking into computers for us, but are checking various programs out. We are salary which is good considering all the paperwork. I can't imagine pay per visit with no computers. I love Home Health though. It is refreshing to get to actually do a good assessment and get to really know your patients.
    We still do paper charting as well. We are supposedly going to laptops sometime in the future, but no firm dates as of yet.. this has been promised several years ago, so I'm not holding my breath.

    Sure will be nice if and when it ever does happen though !


    Yes, HH is wonderful.. I have no complaints and enjoy my patients..and they so enjoy seeing us arrive at their door!
  4. by   annaedRN
    We use laptops and I love them..but like any computer it can be temperamental! I am able to do my timesheet and set up visits and goals in the AM and do quite a bit of the charting in the home ( well, some homes anyway....) It's nice to be able to pull up the patient's docs, meds, last OASIS, last 485, emergency contacts, last visit, etc while you are sitting there talking to the patient if you need to refer to them. Like anything, it takes awhile to get used to, but once you do it is a great timesaver. It would be VERY hard to go back to paper charting.
  5. by   jnette
    Quote from dhyser96
    We use laptops and I love them..but like any computer it can be temperamental! I am able to do my timesheet and set up visits and goals in the AM and do quite a bit of the charting in the home ( well, some homes anyway....) It's nice to be able to pull up the patient's docs, meds, last OASIS, last 485, emergency contacts, last visit, etc while you are sitting there talking to the patient if you need to refer to them. Like anything, it takes awhile to get used to, but once you do it is a great timesaver. It would be VERY hard to go back to paper charting.
    Im soooooooooooooooooooo jealous !!!
  6. by   BlueRidgeHomeRN
    [font=book antiqua]we are a tiny new agency and can't swing the laptops just yet, but it is absolutely on my list of things to do as soon as we can afford it!!!
  7. by   GrumpyRN63
    I'm on the work laptop right now, my old one crapped out just when I got this, IT ok'd me to put in an aircard and whalaa!! I also love it for the charting!!
  8. by   Trailblazer
    Our agency uses laptops. It has it's advantages. The field clinicians can view the patient's scheduled visits, review past visit notes, medications with drug information as well as other pertinent information. The HHRG is calculated, and the OASIS is checked for errors. Disadvantage- not always user friendly, long learning curve process to become familiar with the software.
  9. by   caliotter3
    So far every agency I have worked for was still using paper charting. Even though I haven't tried computers in hh, I believe I would prefer paper charting. Easier to access for necessary revisions.

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