Information Systems in Nursing
Write a paper in which you analyze an information system for its effectiveness in improving patient care. Preparation Select an example of a current information system used in the delivery of patient care. Note: Ideally, select a system from your workplace to examine. If you are not currently working, select a system from an organization close to where you live. This technology should be used for data management designed to improve patient care. Familiarize yourself with the technology. Do some personal research to gain a deeper understanding about the technology. Visit the Web site of the company who markets the technology to familiarize with how the company positions the technology in the market. Read articles online and in the library related to your chosen system. Remember to take notes to keep track of what you discover. Examine the following aspects of the technology: How is the information system designed to contribute to safety and quality in the care of patients? What types of data are tracked, monitored, stored, and trended in the system? How well does it accomplish what it is designed to do in your chosen real-world setting? How is this information system used to support research or action by nurse researchers, leaders, and informaticists? If it is not currently being used to support research, how could it be used in the future? What types of opportunities are available for nurses, in any scope of practice, that gives them the chance to participate in the design and testing of this system? How might the technology be enhanced so it better meets the needs of the professionals currently using the system? Compare what you learn with how your chosen technology is being used in the workplace. Think about your own workplace and consider speaking with other professionals who currently use the system.