While we appreciate nurses every day, National Nurses Week and Nursing Informatics Day (May 12) provide a great opportunity to take the time to celebrate the impact nurses have on patients, clinical transformation, and the evolution of Health Information Technology (HIT). This year’s theme, “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit”, is all about celebrating nurses who are leading the charge for health and wellness and we’d like to honor these professionals globally.
As a Registered Nurse and Nurse Informaticist, I feel passionately that technology should neither contribute to clinician burnout nor get in the way of caring for patients and supporting health and wellness. Health IT solutions should be a valuable resource that supports clinicians, patients, administrators and leadership through facilitating and expediting the transformation of data to information, information to knowledge, and knowledge to informed action. Much like the Five Rights of Clinical Decision Support, effective HIT must enable the efficient, accurate capture and delivery of the right information, to the right person, in the right intervention format, via the right channel, at the right time within the workflow. Technology should not increase work nor cause distractions, but facilitate the work you do by being accessible when and where it matters most.
Over the past eight years, our nation’s HIT landscape has experienced a remarkable transformation that continues to evolve as organizations look to optimize the electronic health record (EHR). Sustained focus on improving the secure availability and use of pertinent, actionable health information will facilitate the goals for individuals to take ownership of their health, actively partner with their healthcare providers and comprehensive care team on care preferences and decisions, and to achieve improved health and quality of life.
In my work, I’ve seen first-hand how engaged patients and providers, supported by flexible, usable and useful HIT, facilitates informed shared decisions about testing and treatment and the promotion of health and wellness – leading to more timely, efficient, and higher-value healthcare. Yet, there is much more work to be done to enhance the nation’s Healthcare and IT infrastructure, transform care delivery and promote person-centered, self-managed health and well-being.
Nurses and other clinicians, along with their patients, realize the power of good HIT resources and the toll it takes when poorly designed or implemented. We are encouraged every day by the leadership, clinical innovation, and strategic use of technology occurring across the nation – especially among nurses providing quality care to patients and valuable leadership in the implementation and optimization of HIT. Therefore, we’re surveying nurses regarding technology you currently use, technology you need, and how HIT can further support patient care and the promotion of wellness across the continuum.
Our focus is providing solutions that assist each person’s journey toward better health and better care at lower costs. Patients, colleagues, organizations, and communities continue to depend on nurses and their leadership to constantly drive innovation and clinical transformation. Whether your role is focused on informatics, administration, or delivering direct care, you can ensure technology is an enabler of compassionate, evidence-based, quality care; not a distraction. Your insights and feedback are key to ensuring it supports the quality and experience outcomes that are essential for success in this new era of value-driven healthcare.
If you are a nurse, we’d like to hear your feedback
Tell us what is working well, technology needed to maximize the efficiency and quality of your work, and your ideas on how technology can further support the promotion of wellness across the continuum for the better balance of mind, body, and spirit for you and the communities you serve. Whether you use solutions provided by Nuance, or others, please share your thoughts with us so we can continue to leverage the voice of our clients to provide solutions that support efficient, effective care and quality outcomes. As a small thank you for your valuable feedback, nurses completing our brief survey by May 31, 2017 will be eligible for a chance to win a $100 gift card.
On behalf of Nuance and our family of nurses, thank you for all you do to care for patients, support colleagues, optimize technology, and impact healthcare!
Terri Mitchell, MSN, RN-BC
Director of Healthcare Strategy & Clinical Innovation, Nuance