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Optimal Monitor Size for EMR Charting in 2020

By Team Altus | Published Jun 27, 2019

Healthcare decisionmakers are seeking the magic number to unlock clinician productivity when purchasing technology. Unfortunately, there isn’t a one size fits all answer as each clinician has a unique workflow. But there has been a good amount of research about monitor display size and clinician productivity that gives healthcare executives an idea.

Monitor displays that are at least 24 inches with higher resolution and contrast can deliver more complete, at-a-glance views of EMRs. So much that the University of Utah found “very high-performance increases” when moving from an 18-inch monitor to a 24-inch monitor. Performance increased by up to 52% for some tasks.

Should we go even bigger?

A separate study from the University of Utah comparing the 24-inch with the 26-inch display. There was a 6% decline in performance when using the larger 26-inch display. Productivity is likely to decline once the 24-inch task demands have been met.

In a second study done by Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, they found when moving from a single monitor to dual monitors, performance increased by about 36%. Dual monitors allow clinicians visualize EMR’s, charts and images side by side. In less time, users can perceive and process more therefore increasing productivity and reducing errors.

Patient Benefits

Communication between the caregiver and patient is a crucial component in most patient satisfaction surveys which are tied to patient traffic and hospital reimbursements. Visualization is a key aspect of communicating. Altus carts help to improve conditions to clear the way for the best patient care. Monitor support should height adjust, swivel and tilt for optimal viewing and to support the communication between the patient and caregiver.

Download our EHRs Best Practices for Patient-Centered Care Infographic.

Clinician Benefits

It's imperative for the clinicians to see the monitor display quickly and accurately so they can render care in an instant. Higher resolution and greater contrasts are vital specifications to ensure the accuracy of the interpretation.

Altus’ healthcare workstations are designed to fit each clinician. From the monitor support, keyboard tray, to the height-adjustable base - our workstations help align you within your own personal ergonomic zone and help you with varying your position throughout your day. From standing to walking to sitting, we have you covered!

Unfortunately, many clinicians are still using suboptimal displays. Many are unable to see those little small fractures and other subtle features which does not benefit patients or hospitals.

Altus' Custom Solutions

Altus manufacturers workstations and wall-mounts for healthcare. Check out our portfolio of computer workstation mounting brackets.

Productivity, Screens, and Aspect Ratios, Anderson, James A. et al, University of Utah, 2007.
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