Health Information Technology
NUR4870 Nursing Informatics
Health Information Technology
Patient safety is a subcategory of healthcare and refers to the prevention, evasion, and
improvement of hostile results or injuries stemming from care procedures. Implementation of
technology in healthcare is regarded as the first step in changing and transforming the healthcare
environment to attain improved and safer care. Health information technology described the
application of information processing incorporating computer software and hardware, which deals
with the storing, recovery, and sharing and the usage of healthcare information knowledge and data
for decision making and communication.
Health Information Technology Improves Patient Outcomes
Health information technology has also proved effective in decreasing hostile reactions and
increasing compliance to practice guidelines, thus improving patient safety (Sittig et al., 2018).
Effectively connecting health information technology (health IT) in improving patient safety,
reducing harm, and improving patient outcomes have therefore remained a uniting national goal
amongst healthcare providers, regulators, and patients. For the past few decades, the integration of
computer systems has been considered a probable device to support and improve clinical care.
Health Information Technology Risks and How to Prevent Them
Everyday application of health information technology needs a proper operation in a safe
workflow that recognizes the risks presented by humans’ interaction with machines. Errors in
technology are categorized as errors due to omission or instruction. A mistake due to commission
has a high possibility of happening. For instance, an order entry software application occurs due to
transmitting orders accurately instead of establishing the intended prescriber. Automated
dispensing cabinets pose significant risks when mismanaged improperly or obtain erroneous data
entry (Cohen & Mello, 2018). Furthermost, health facilities lack the sufficient size and scale for
supporting in-house expertise adequate for performing active detection and modification of health
IT safety. Worth noting is that the safety of Health Information Technology is a joint
responsibility, and the technology developer, patient, and healthcare providers should use
technology to improving patient safety. If technology is implemented and used appropriately, it can
lessen the risk and improving patient safety.
Strategies I Implement for Safe HIT to Provide Safe, High Quality Patient Care
One of the safety measures that I would recommend is for health organizations to create a
health information oversight machine that incorporates leadership and applicable stakeholders in
ensuring the health information plan is well coordinated to enhance patient safety and establish a
risk management plan. This is in strengthening the connection between patients and caregivers to
facilitate self-care management and patient engagement. Equally, the organization needs to change
and fine-tune the executed technology founded on user response and patient safety results (Graber
et al., 2019). It is also imperative for the organization to assess the cost of efficiency of
recommended technologies, which involves conducting an evidence-based decision and assessing
the existing information technology infrastructure comprising the hardware and software.
How Technology Supports and Improves Nursing Education and Nursing Practice
Technology has made a significant impact on the nursing profession. Technology has
facilitated online education for nursing students who can easily access apps, live and web-based
simulations, reference education materials, and e-books through their mobile devices. “Technology
has the capability of transforming teaching by introducing an ideal method of connected teaching
(Ratwani et al., 2019). Technology exposes nursing students to clinical situations they would not
meet in their practice and aids in bridging the gap between practice and theory. Technology allows
nurse instructors’ use innovative approaches of teaching that involve students in the learning
process. In nursing practices, computers allow nurses to rapidly access significant material about
the health and disease and the treatment plan from the electronic health record. Technology enables
nurses to record health information, progress, and treatments for ready accessibility and usage by
the health team members.
Privacy, Confidentiality, Information-and-Data Privacy, and Information Security
The increased integration of technology in healthcare has created the need for safeguarding
patient safety. New technologies such as mobile devices and apps can track a considerably greater
quantity of information concerning s patient than ever before, making it easy for one to access
patient data. Therefore, technology does not affect information privacy by altering information
accessibility but by limiting privacy standards. For instance, social networking sites require users
to share more data. This form of “oversharing” becomes acknowledged practice in a particular
group. Upholding high standards that protects information security and privacy is an indispensable
feature of ensuring patient for any healthcare provider (Rudin et al., 2021). The integration of
information technology in the healthcare environment necessitates the introduction of new methods
for managing data and alleviating related privacy risks must be implemented and developed.
What I Learned from This Assignment to Influence and Improve My Nursing Care
The recent integration of technology in healthcare has necessitated the need for
safeguarding and ensuring information privacy which entails controlling the collection, usage, and
expose of individual health information by use of health information technology. Healthcare
organizations and healthcare IT vendors must safeguard patient information. Health information
technology increases patient welfare by decreasing medical inaccuracies, minimizing hostile drug
reactions, and increasing conformity to practice policies (Krishna, 2017). Therefore health
information technology is an essential instrument for improving the safety and quality of
healthcare quality. However, healthcare organizations must be careful in choosing technology as
various technologies poses an adamant risk to patient health. Others have limited proof of
enhancing patient safety.
Health information technology described the application of information processing
encompassing computer software and hardware, which deals with the storing, recovery, and
sharing and the usage of healthcare information knowledge and data for decision making and
communication. Health information has presented many benefits in healthcare by minimizing
medical errors, facilitating care coordination, storage of healthcare data, imp and improving overall
clinical outcomes. Technology exposes nursing students to clinical circumstances that aids in
bridging the gap between practice and theory. Technology allows nurse instructors’ use innovative
approaches of teaching that involve students in the learning process.
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