Conference Explored Nursing Efficiencies Through Technology

Nursing conference on technology in the workplace

In July 2002, the American Academy of Nursing held a conference exploring how to use technology to reduce the time nurses spend on nonpatient care tasks, allowing them to devote more time to patient care.

Key Results

  • The Academy reported the following results to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF):

    • Some 115 health care providers and representatives of health-related associations and government agencies attended "Using Innovative Technology to Enhance Patient Care Delivery," July 12–14, 2002, in Washington.
    • Project staff produced conference proceedings outlining the following recommendations and action plans, which were published in the May/June 2003 issue of Nursing Outlook:
      • Decrease the hunting and gathering aspects of nursing care.
      • Integrate smart technology monitoring and clinical systems.
      • Automate the medication use process beyond the practice of delivering prescriptions electronically.
      • Develop portable E-health records.
      • Facilitate education and the use of simulation technology.

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