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What role do nurses play in successful health IT adoption?

Author | Date May 10, 2012

As the end of National Nurses Week approaches, we thought it only fitting to explore the connection between nursing and health IT implementation in American healthcare. The adoption of electronic medication administration record (eMAR), computerized physician order entry (CPOE), and electronic medical record (EHR) systems depends on the collaboration of chief information officers (CIOs), physicians, and nurses.

In most cases, nurses are the first medical staff that patients see. During ordinary hospital or clinical visits in ambulatory settings, they collect vital signs and provide preliminary assessment of a patient’s condition.  In long-term inpatient care, nurses are are essential to monitoring and capturing a constant stream of medical information.

For the last year, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network has implemented various health IT systems for its nursing programs in its six locations. Associate Chief Nurse Ann Marie Dwyer has experienced firsthand the anxieties surrounding the adoption of electronic systems as well as the benefits gained from using health IT. In following video, Dwyer describes what has enabled Spaulding’s success in improving patient care through the use of CPOE, eMAR, and electronic systems the hospital itself has either created in-house or customized from vendor templates.

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