Addressing the Quality and Safety Gap - Part II

Issue 11 of the Charting Nursing's Future series shows how nurses are shaping, and being shaped by health information technologies.

Quality and safety gaps in the health care arena, the focus of several reports published by the Institute of Medicine in the past decade, have spurred many changes in the way services are being delivered, documented, financed, and evaluated. Technology is at the center of many of these reforms. Health care professionals—eager for better tools to manage clinical data, communicate with each other, stay up to date about the latest research concerning evidence-based care, and educate and supervise staff—have been actively engaged in shepherding the industry into the digital age. The value of health information technologies (HITs), in particular, is now widely acknowledged by nurses (see figure 1). This issue of Charting Nursing’s Future, the second in a miniseries on quality and safety, examines the role of nurses in designing, implementing, and educating clinicians to use HITs.