Elsevier’s SimChart Integrates EHR Training and Practice into Nursing Education Curriculum

SimChart prepares nurses for electronic documentation through real-world cases and resources designed by Elsevier

Philadelphia, PA, February 7, 2012 – Elsevier, the leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today the availability of SimChart, an educational simulated electronic health record (EHR) system designed for nursing students.

SimChart covers the core areas of nursing including medical surgical, pediatrics, women’s health, and psychiatric, combining practical, real-world experience in electronic documentation with integrated educator support to incorporate EHR practice into a nursing education curriculum. Fully web-based and built using Elsevier’s world-class clinical content, SimChart comes equipped with several real-life cases that allow students and educators to incorporate electronic documentation into the classroom, simulation center, skills lab, and clinical setting. Users are able to practice in a safe, monitored environment before they practice on real patients, and can also customize their content by adding additional cases into the system. The dynamic interface prepares students to chart on any system they may encounter in a practice or clinical setting.

“Using SimChart in the lab makes simulation and lab experiences much more realistic and allows students to become familiar with the process of finding information and documenting care in an EHR, resulting in more effective use of time on the clinical unit,” said Deborah Bambini, PhD,WHNP-BC, CNE, Associate Professor, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University. “It is also very helpful that students can log their clinical experiences and build a portfolio for future employers.”

Additionally, SimChart offers the following distinctive features:

“Healthcare organizations have very few resources to train nurses on electronic documentation, because most lack time or money to invest in these solutions,” said Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, Director, Academic Consulting Group, Elsevier. “Nursing professionals also find it difficult to learn electronic documentation on the job, while caring for patients. With SimChart, nursing students will be able to learn and understand this skill prior to getting jobs in clinical settings.” 

For more information about Elsevier SimChart, including purchasing information, visit: http://www.elsevieradvantage.com/simulations.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 33,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

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