1)Quality information is essential to the delivery of appropriate client care. Data can be managed using a database application. A data warehouse is a collection of several databases that can be manipulated to provide complex data analysis. Information quality is ensured when measures to protect it are an integral part of its collection, use, storage, retrieval, and exchange. Data storage measures should provide safe, accessible storage to authorized persons through a plan that considers provider, client, and third-party payer needs; physical threats to information and media (Hebda & Czar, 2013). What are some security measures that can be put into use in a clinical setting?
2.)As you read about in the text (Hebda & Czar, 2013), computer networks are linked systems of computers. Local area networks, WANs, and the Internet are all types of computer networks. Networks may use various technologies including cabling, radio signals, client-server, and thin client. In choosing a computer system, one must consider current and future information processing needs, budget, and human factors. A hot trend in the medical field, mobile and handheld computer technology provide the promise of efficiency, improvements in the safety of care delivery, cost savings, and work redesign. Describe some mobile technology that you have seen in a clinical setting and/or in school and how does that technology aid clinical process?
3.)Informatics is the application of computer and statistical techniques for management information. So, nursing informatics is the use of information and computer technology as a tool to process information to support all areas of nursing (practice, education, administration, research). A formal definition of nursing informatics shapes job descriptions and educational preparation for informatics practice.
We will see in this course that nursing informatics is a necessity in todays rapidly changing healthcare delivery system. We know that computer technology facilitates the collection of data for analysis, which can be used to justify the efficacy of particular interventions and improve the quality of care. How do you feel nursing informatics will aid you as a nurse in the field?
4) According to Hebda & Czar (2013), data is a collection of numbers, characters, or facts that are gathered according to some perceived need or analysis and possibly for action at a later point in time. Since data can have little meaning alone, a collection of data can be examined for patterns and structure that can be interpreted. And it is at this point that data become information. Subsequently, knowledge is the synthesis of information derived from several sources to produce a single concept or idea.
Since in healthcare delivery systems are knowledge-intensive settings with nurses as the largest group of knowledge workers within those systems, what kind of information technology tools offer support to nurses and other healthcare workers in their knowledge work?
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