Health information systems and improved patient outcomes

Do nurses see the connection?

Jen Bichel-Findlay*, Joanne Callen, Antony Sara

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Abstract

A major focus of nurses is to improve patient outcomes, and any introduction of technology into their work environment should add value through enhancing patient care and contributing to the development of nursing intelligence. This study addressed whether nurses working in an emergency department (ED) perceived a relationship between using an emergency department information system (EDIS) and patient outcomes. A cross-sectional survey design was used, with data collected from the population (n=168) of nurses from five Australian metropolitan public hospital emergency departments (EDs). The questionnaire collected information on how EDIS impacted on patient outcomes in terms of waiting times, triage process, departmental accountability, documentation focus, computer interaction, and system purpose. Nurses acknowledged the value of an information system in improving the triage process and increasing the accountability of the ED, however failed to identify any impact on reducing overall ED waiting times or its relationship to improved care delivery. Over half the respondents could not identify negative effects such as compelling nurses to focus on documentation details or 'treat the computer' rather than the patient. The use of technology in this study evoked optimistic responses, however results indicated a lack of clarity about the impact of EDIS on patient outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConnecting Health and Humans - Proceedings of NI2009
Subtitle of host publicationThe 10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics
EditorsKaija Saranto, Patricia Flatley Brennan, Hyeoun-Ae Park, Marianne Tallberg, Anneli Ensio
Place of PublicationWashington DC
PublisherIOS Press
Pages378-382
Number of pages5
Volume146
ISBN (Print)9781607500247, 1607500248
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics: Connecting Health and Humans, NI2009 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 28 Jun 20091 Jul 2009

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Other10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics: Connecting Health and Humans, NI2009
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period28/06/091/07/09

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Bichel-Findlay, J., Callen, J., & Sara, A. (2009). Health information systems and improved patient outcomes: Do nurses see the connection? In K. Saranto, P. F. Brennan, H-A. Park, M. Tallberg, & A. Ensio (Eds.), Connecting Health and Humans - Proceedings of NI2009: The 10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics (Vol. 146, pp. 378-382). Washington DC: IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-60750-024-7-378