Reader Responds to Nurse Survey: Don't Exaggerate IT Benefit


Please don't distort the news. 1.) The question about improving care in no way states that IT improves care. The actual question is: "How do you think the use of IT might affect the quality of patient care?"  Eighty-six percent think that it would not improve.  2.) According to the study, IT actually takes the nurse away from the bedside for more than three hours per day. That's more than a third of their day and in some cases even more. 3.)  Seventy-two percent  don't think that IT saves time. Statistics work in mysterious ways. You used them to actually distort the information to sell your point.

I am actually a big IT fan and think that there is a great potential for its use, but it has a long way to go to actually improve care. The only improvements I have seen to date are bar coding to prevent medication errors and CPOE -- if, and that's a big IF -- the orders are actually entered by a physician. Hospitals must be willing to spend the money to improve the technology that they give their nurses. PDA-type handhelds with bar-code readers would be a start, so that the nurse does not have to push around a bulky cart with a laptop built in, or go to a limited number of computer stations located away from the bedside.

Thanks you for listening.

Israel Miller, MA, B.S.N., RN

Click here to log in.

0 Comments

Add Comment

Text Only 2000 character limit

Page 1 of 1

White Papers & Special Reports

Sinequa
Turning Data Into Insight: Cognitive Search & Powerful Analytics for Life Sciences
Sponsored by Sinequa


Intel
Transforming Large Scale Genomics and Collaborative Research
Sponsored by Intel


Avere
Considerations for Modernizing Scientific Compute Research Platforms
Sponsored by Avere


Life Science Webcasts & Podcasts

medidata_podcast_Sites and Sponsors: Mending Bridges over Troubled Waters  
Sites and Sponsors: Mending Bridges over Troubled Waters
Sponsored by Medidata Solutions Worldwide

This podcast brings together two industry leaders to focus on the issues that divide sponsors and sites. On the one hand sites and sponsors unite in advancing better health care through a common passion for developing better drugs. Yet some issues divide them and bridges need to be built or mended to advance the highest levels of cooperation, coordination and success in clinical trials. Listen as the key issues are debated from the site and the sponsor side and new methods and technology are advanced that offer near-term and lasting solutions.

• Common ground in reaching agreement on a budget

• Improving the pace of agreement on budgets and contracts

• Processes for payment to sites on a timely basis

Listen Now  

More Podcasts

Job Openings

For reprints and/or copyright permission, please contact Angela Parsons, 781.972.5467.