Technology Across the Care Continuum

    • Overview

    Write 3–4 pages describing the effective use of patient-care technologies, communication systems, and information systems across the care continuum of a health care system of your choice. Add a one-page executive summary your organization could use to disseminate these ideas.

    Because a lack of knowledge when using technology can lead to errors in patient care, effective use of technology in health care is paramount to providing a safe health care delivery environment.

    By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

    • Competency 3: Explain the use of information management tools and technologies to monitor and improve health care delivery and patient outcomes.
      • Describe effective use of technology across the care continuum in a health care setting.
      • Describe how to manage change and technology to improve positive outcomes.
      • Support description of effective patient care with current nursing and informatics theoretical ideas.
    • Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is consistent with expectations of a nursing professional.
      • Write coherently to support a central idea in appropriate format with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.

    Questions to Consider

    To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.

    • How might standardized nursing language (SNL), interprofessional communication, information system support, staff and patient education, organizational culture, and state and national regulations influence technology use?
      • What are the complexities in using technology across a continuum of care?
      • What are the opportunities?
      • What are the barriers?
    • How can we manage change and technology use to develop improved patient outcomes?

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