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Putting Data in Nurses' Hands



Nursing informatics is an emerging field, and organizations that have been aggressive about getting data into nurses' hands (and smartphones) are reaping the rewards.



2 comments on "Putting Data in Nurses' Hands"
Jackie Larson - Avantas (2/22/2012 at 12:19 PM)

This article tackles a lot of issues. On one hand, it speaks to a greater issue of departmental silos. In my company's world of healthcare labor management we provide our clients with a lot of tools and dashboards to monitor staffing levels, productivity, etc., but sometimes these tools are used only by financial analysts, put into reports and are forgotten – not the point of having access to real-time data. The point of real-time data is to empower staff and managers to make adjustments to correct the course – before variances become trends that hurt the bottom line. To the point about making staffing recommendations for the next shift based on acuity, hospitals should already have the expansion and contraction capacity built into their contingency resources to account for normal fluctuations in volume or acuity. This really isn't an issue of needing a technology to tell you what you already know. It is an issue of having sound labor management plans that allow you to adjust, system-wide, to the ebb and flow of patient care. If your inpatient unit scheduling is based off accurate, census projections (predictive analysis), not budgeted census, your staffing levels will be more accurate to begin with, making those last minute acuity adjustments nonevents. Providing nurses with data is not hard to do. What a lot of organizations struggle with is empowering nurses to do something with the data they have access to.
Karen Hahn, MBA, BSN, RN (2/21/2012 at 12:01 PM)

This article further substatiates the nurses vital role as end users of EMR to the success of the organizations and meeting their goals and requirements for HIT .