When considering ways to innovate healthcare and incorporate technology into better patient care, look to other industries--and don't hesitate to hop on a plane. That advice came courtesy of Edward Marx, senior VP and CIO at Texas Health Resources, who was speaking at FierceHealthIT's executive breakfast, "Harnessing Technology and Data to Enable Accountable Care," held last week at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla.
As the use of technology in healthcare becomes more ubiquitous, one question that deserves more attention is that of the role of nurses in making development and implementation decisions; essentially, what should that role be?
In a recent interview, Elizabeth "Betty" Jordan, R.N., an assistant professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing, said that nurses should be included in all health IT decisions. From conception to evaluation, she said, nurses deserve a seat at the IT table.
"Our healthcare space is getting bigger, and nurses working on those units really rely on technology to be able to communicate," Jordan said. "Once they're comfortable with it, they won't be able to live without it." Read more...
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