Pros And Cons Of Nursing Informatics

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Nursing informatics is a growing field that involves technology to improve and advance the quality of care for patients. It includes a synthesis of information encompassing concepts of computer science and nursing science (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015). The FierceHealthIT website allowed me to search current topics that impact nursing informatics. A topic that is current and trending on FierceHealthIT related to nursing informatics is The Electronic Health Record (EHR). This paper will discuss my personal rationale for choosing the topic of electronic health record, analyze the impact on practice in a positive manner, explore pros & cons, integrate informatics skills and knowledge used, and suggest recommendations for the future of electronic …show more content…
Nursing research has enhanced within and across healthcare system to improve health and lower cost of care (Park, Pruinelli, Westra, & Delaney, 2014). It has allowed hospital staff to engage in training with new experiences and education for healthcare service (Moerbe & Kelemen 2014). The electronic health record has allowed staff to manage health care information and have it patient centered. It has allowed nursing staff to improve access and enable providers to make decisions to support decisions for patients (Murphy, 2010). Communication has also improved among different providers including nurses, physicians, and pharmacist (Gephart, Carrington, & Finley, 2015). Each discipline can view order sets through electronic health record and make a critical judgment if it 's appropriate for a patients condition. Electronic health record has allowed nurse and other providers to be able to track and take action on patient information (Gephart et al., …show more content…
It has allowed nurses to become organized in planning and helped nurses with process reorganization skills to improve the health care delivery systems (Murphy, 2010). It has improved safety, efficient care, and reduced disparities. It can engage patients and family members to be involved in their care (Murphy, 2010). Patients can have records for themselves from the electronic health record to follow up and improve his or her results for the next check up. It has also improved care coordination with healthcare staff and patients (Murphy, 2010). Another pro to electronic health records is that it allows a nurse to access the electronic health record to help facilitate report for a patient who is transferring units. Overall, it has improved population and public health (Murphy, 2010). Patients and family members have easy access to information regarding diseases, health promotion, suggestions, and updates, and have an organized schedule for their next appointments or surgeries. The system allows privacy and security to protect a patient 's personal health information (Murphy,

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