Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Simulations - Inpatient

Bellevue College has created free hands-on practice activities to provide students with meaningful exposure to electronic health records to help prepare them for employment. Though primarily designed for Nursing and Allied Health students, the simulations are also a great way to familiarize IT and Health IT students with common features and functions of an EMR system. The simulations give students an important opportunity to learn about and practice using open source EMR systems. The simulations, built with Adobe Captivate, provide instruction in selected EMR features and functions, practice activities that give students a chance to enter information and receive robust feedback and assessments. VistA CPRS (Computerized Patient Record System) is the comprehensive electronic medical record component of the VistA hospital management system used in the US Department of Veterans Administration health care facilities. It is heavily focused on inpatient care. This system provides exposure to numerous inpatient care elements, such as writing orders, posting clinical warnings, asking for consults, and documenting clinical assessment results. Provided here are three highly interactive simulations of the VistA system. 1. Introduction to VistA, Introduction to CPRS (Reviewing a patient's records, entering vitals, entering clinical warnings) 2. VistA CP Flowsheets Module, Shift Handoff Tool, and Progress Notes (accessing patient records, completing patient notes, adding patient logs and progress reports) 3. Admission Assessment (Admin Assess) Module (performing an admission assessment, requesting a clinical consult, completing a patient assessment and care plan) Demo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTWUY1vrYd0
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Bellevue College
Project Name:
Health eWorkforce
VistA, Simulation, Medical Records, Health Records, EMR, EHR

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Department of Labor
Industry Sector:
Health Care and Social Assistance (62)
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations -- Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (29-2071)

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Instructional Program:
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (51)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
  • Non-Credit
Credential Type:
  • Certificate
  • Credential
  • Stacked/Latticed Credential Model
  • Associate Degree
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
  • 2nd Year Community College or equivalent
Time Required:
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Mix of Active and Presentation.
Quality Assurance Organization:
Healthcare Editorial Board
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  • Participation as an ongoing member of team developing the instructional materials
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • Expertise of Project's Instructional Designers
Course Note:
Health IT Education


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