Electronic Health Information
ELECTRONIC HEALTH INFORMATION 4
Healthinformation technology refers to the electronic exchange ofinformation within a healthcare setting such as a hospital. It hasbecome a common practice in the world of today and is believed tohave a positive impact on the quality of health services. Through theuse of IT in healthcare, it is possible to achieve efficiency inadministration and facilitate communication between patients andhealth workers. It is essential to involve nurses in each stage ofthe system development lifecycle, failure to which there can besevere ramifications as highlighted in the paper.
Anorganization should make sure that nurses are involved in thedevelopment of a new Health Information Technology. Organizationsshould include nurses at the planning stage to avoid shortcomings indeveloping the project objectives. Failure to engage nurses at thisphase can contribute to poor estimations of costs. Nurses should alsobe involved during the analysis stage. When not participating in thisphase, it will become impossible to determine the requirements ofthose who will use the technology. Since the nurses deal directlywith patients, they will help management to understand clientexpectations (Kelley, 2016). Also, failure to involve nurses at thedesign stage means that it will be challenging to come up with thedesired features of the system. If an organization does not involvenurses at the implementation and testing stages, the installation maynot be successful. Moreover, nurses should participate in themaintenance of the system since not doing so can contribute todifficulties in upholding quality standards (Sinha et al., 2013).
Fromthe above discussion, it is evident that nurses can play asignificant role in avoiding issues that emanate from theimplementation of electronic health records. Since they are the keyusers of patient data, nurses should be involved at every stage ofsetting up an information technology system.
Kelley,T. (2016). Electronichealth records for quality nursing & health care.Lancaster,PA: DEStech Publications
Sinha,P. K., Sunder, G., Bendale, P., Mantri, M., & Dande, A.(2013). Electronichealth record: Standards, coding systems, frameworks, andinfrastructures.Piscataway,NJ: IEEE Press Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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