discuss how a current information system used in the delivery of patient care contributes to improved patient outcomes.

Write 3–5 pages in which you discuss how a current information system used in the delivery of patient care contributes to improved patient outcomes.

In using information system technology, nurses are able to track and measure data to improve patient outcomes.


Continued rapid changes in information technology reflect significant progress in health care delivery and the practice of nursing. The use of patient monitoring devices, robotics, electronic medical records, data management resources, and ready access to current science are a few examples of how technology is used in providing care to patients across multiple settings.

How technology will continue to interface with nursing care, research, and future practice is significant to advancing the profession and maintaining high quality of care standards and delivery.

The following search terms relate to nursing informatics and evidence-based practice. Keeping an eye on them will help the nurse informatics practitioner stay up to date about current trends and applications of technology:

. Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs.

. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

. Office for Civil Rights – A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

. Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA).

. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Questions to Consider

To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.

Consider the following questions from the point of view of a specific organization:

. Technologies used for direct care:

. How are data used to improve patient outcomes?

. How does technology contribute to safety and quality of care in this setting?

· Technologies used for data management:

. How are data tracked, monitored, stored, or trended in your data management system?

. How is technology used for data archiving and retrieval?

· Reliability and safeguards:

. How do you know your data are reliable?

. What types of safeguards are in place to protect patient data?

· Research:

. How are data extracted and used for research endeavors in your organization?

. What are examples of how nurses at the bedside are involved in technology design and testing in your organization? In other organizations? How might you do it differently?

· Technology and professional development:

. What are the challenges for successful implementation of new technologies in health care environment and nursing practices—in general? Specific to your organization?

. If you had the power to improve the way technology is used in your organization, what you would like to see changed or enhanced?

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