HITSupport of Evidence-Based Practice
Health InformationTechnology (HIT) has revolutionized the performance of nurses due tothe use of databases. Before HIT was incorporated in healthcare,nurses resulted to libraries and periodicals to obtain newinformation. Databases have made it possible for nurses to conductevidence-based practice and offer quality services. This essaydiscusses how HIT has been able to support evidence-based practice.
My concern involvescounseling and educating patients regarding effective measures ofavoiding illnesses. McGonigle & Mastrian (2015) highlight howeight-hour and twelve-hour shifts influence organizational practice.According to the researchers, the twelve-hour shift has negativeimplications, as nurses tend to be exhausted. In order to avoid casesof malpractice, it is important to shorten the duration of working toabout eight hours to enable nurses to deliver quality services anduphold the safety of the patients using health informationtechnology.
ThreeEvidence-Based Practices That Address My Concern
In my concern forpatients’ education and counseling, in the past healthorganizations passed information to the patients through leaflets,brochures, face-to-face communication and in some cases video tapes.However, traditional methods of patients’ guidance are ineffective.My threes evidence-based practices comprise computer-based patientinformation systems, use of information terminals such as mobiles andpalmtop computers.
According to Hyneset.al (2010), computer-based patient information enhances counselingprocedures. Patients are able to access information in theirconvenient settings and at their pace. In the case of an emergency,patients will be able to access information instantly.
Mobile phones have acapacity of supporting evidence-based practice as described by Hyneset.al (2010). They enable nurses to disseminate information regardingspecify disorders such as asthma.
Moreover, accordingto Jamal, McKenzie & Clack (2009), palmtops will enable nurses toaccess medical reference information, recent studies abstracts, andpractice guidelines. As a result, nurses are able to respondeffectively to patients online.
In summary, healthinformation technology that includes patients’ computer informationor e-health, use of mobile phones and palmtops improves the qualityof healthcare. It enables nurses to meet the expectations of patientsand healthcare regulators.
Hynes, D. M., Weddle, T., Smith, N., Whittier, E., Atkins, D., &Francis, J. (2010). Use of health information technology to advanceevidence-based care: Lessons from the VA QUERI program. Journal ofGeneral Internal Medicine, 25(Suppl. 1), S44–S49.
Jamal, A., McKenzie, K., & Clark, M. (2009). The impact of healthinformation technology on the quality of medical and health care: Asystematic review. Health Information Management Journal, 38(3),26–37.
McGonigle,D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2015). Nursing informatics and thefoundation of knowledge (3rd ed.). Burlington,MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.