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Health Information Technology and Nursing

McBride, Susan PhD, RN; Delaney, John M. BSN, RN-BC; Tietze, Mari PhD, RN-BC, FHIMSS

AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000418095.31317.1b
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Abstract

Overview: Health information technology (HIT) is a central aspect of current U.S. government efforts to reduce costs and improve the efficiency and safety of the health care system. A federal push to implement and enhance electronic health records (EHRs) has been supported by billions of dollars earmarked in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, passed as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The goal has been to lay the groundwork for a HIT system that enables a more reliable exchange of information among practitioners and patients and significant improvements in the way care is delivered.

But what does this really mean for nurses? This article is the first in a series on HIT and nursing and will examine the federal policies behind efforts to expand the use of this technology as well as the implications for nurses. Subsequent articles will take a closer look at the use of EHRs to improve patient safety and quality of care, and the important role nurses are playing—and could play—in this system-wide initiative.

In Brief

This article, the first in a three-part series, examines the federal policies behind efforts to expand the use of health information technology and how this technology impacts nurses.

Author Information

Susan McBride is a professor in the Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX. John M. Delaney is a regional director of clinical informatics for Tenet Healthcare in Dallas. Mari Tietze is an associate professor in the College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University in Dallas. Contact author: John M. Delaney, john.delaney@ttuhsc.edu. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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