Nurses must be given adequate training on new products and devices as the work they do becomes more integrated with health information technology, nursing leaders and technology experts say. Also, care must be taken to make sure technology doesn't take too much attention away from the patient, they noted.
“Nurses probably enter and see the largest amount of data that's put into the electronic health record,” Pam Cipriano, American Nurses Association president, said in an interview with Modern Healthcare. “They're really important in terms of data collection, data documentation and transmission of that information. In addition, they work with a lot of medical-device data and will be more involved as data are exchanged with settings outside the hospital and the primary-care office.”
Cipriano's message was echoed by Jolene Lyons and Kelly Spivey, both with Franklin, Tenn.-based health IT consultant Gene Burton & Associates, when they gave a presentation on nurses and IT at the annual Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo being held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Chicago.