Nursing

Make the most of healthcare IT

Nurse Leader Insider, December 14, 2007

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eaders from the American Academy of Nurses are calling for greater awareness of how healthcare IT can be designed with the nurse in mind, after conducting a recent survey on the topic. Although new developments in healthcare IT are still required to best serve nurses during their daily routines, some facilities have designed innovative methods of using IT to allow nurses more time for delivering bedside care.

In Davenport, IA, the Genesis Health System established a nursing collaborative group to act as an intermediary between the IT department and nursing staff. Genesis also uses wall-mounted devices between patient rooms in the main corridors and recently updated its mobile computing system with wireless laptops. These devices provide the nurses with more flexibility to support their workflow processes and allow them to complete documentation at every patient's bedside.

The Alfred I. duPont Hospital in Wilmington, DE, uses wireless devices for communication in cardiac care: the nurses wear badges capable of communicating with patients' cardiac monitors, so the nurses may monitor patients even when not present at the bedside. And at the Progress West Healthcare Center in St. Louis, nurses play a key part in advising the hospital on IT issues. The hospital uses electronic documentation and has eliminated central nurse stations in favor of voice activated communications units.

Source: Healthcare IT News http://www.healthcareitnews.com/story.cms?id=8265&page=2  



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