health care reform and technology
With so much attention focused on health care reform, it is important that nurses be given the opportunity to use high-quality technology tools. These tools can increase access to vital medical information, promote effective communication among health care professionals, and improve the patient experience. By actively seeking out and adopting these tools, nurses can greatly enhance the quality and safety of care that they provide.
This Discussion focuses on identifying quality technology tools that increase the ability of nurses to provide safe, effective care. Click here to receive assistance in this assignment
- Review the various technology tools described in this week’s Learning Resources.
- Identify a recently adopted information, education, or communication technology tool in your specialty area. Reflect on how it is used and how its use impacts the quality of care.
- Consider how your identified technology tool might impact nursing practice if it were more widely used. What are some barriers preventing increased usage? How could wider implementation be facilitated?
AMERICA spends more per capita on health care, approximately $2.5 trillion, than any other nation in the world.1 Despite this sizeable investment, “care that is important is not delivered, and care that is delivered is not important,” according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM).1 The rising prominence of value-based care can be no surprise against this backdrop of high costs and less than-optimal clinical outcomes. For too long, nursing has settled for incremental change, choosing to reinvent the wheel. Why else would we continue to study the cost and frequency of pressure ulcers when, for decades, the research has shown that prevention, not management, is the key to avoiding nonreimbursed and extended lengths of stay? Rather than see value-based care initiatives as another pressure to bear, nursing should view this far-reaching effort as an opportunity to abandon incremental change in favor of full scale transformation. In addition, this call for sweeping change can be an ideal time to take aggressive steps to shorten the 17-year lag between the time when clinical research breakthroughs appear in the literature and when they make their way into practice. In its research on value-based care,the IOM sets out 3 key dimensions to consider in nursing’s efforts to improve clinical outcomes: Click here to receive assistance in this assignment
1. Accelerating progress toward the long term vision of the learning health care system in which every aspect of care enables the natural delivery of best care practices, the real-time generation and application of new evidence, and continuous improvement in the value achieved.
2. Expanding the capacity for timely and accurate evidence of comparative effectiveness of medical care options as a guide to care that is most appropriate under the circumstances.
3. Improving public understanding of the nature of evidence, the dynamic character of evidence development, and the importance of insisting on medical care that reﬂects the best evidence.
Post a description of a current or new information, education, or communication technology tool that is being used in your specialty area and assess its impact on the quality of care. Highlight the effect that increased use of this technology would have on nursing practice and discuss the barriers that are slowing or hindering its adoption. Summarize how adoption of the technology tool could be facilitated. Click here to receive assistance in this assignment