How Nurse Informaticists Influence Nursing Technology
This article originally appeared on May 18, 2016, and has been revised to bring our readers the most up-to-date technology information.
The healthcare digital transformation is driving organizations to embrace new IT solutions that are helping them run smarter — from mobile-first strategies and point-of-care devices that allow doctors to spend more face-to-face time with patients to technology-facilitated patient experience solutions that reduce wait times and improve patient satisfaction.
Nursing technology is also fueling productivity and efficiency in healthcare. Applications that enable easy clinical documentation via secure mobile devices reduce the oppressive amount of paperwork keeping nurses away from their patients. Record-keeping via these kinds of applications is also more secure than paper records and can solve problems with duplicated or missing documentation.
Nurse informatisists play a key role in developing, implementing and optimizing these kinds of systems. They also help prepare users to hit the ground running with new systems and applications by providing training and support. The HIMSS 2017 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey provided some insight into just how important nurse informaticists are to nursing technology—and how important technology is to helping informaticists learn and grow.
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