As a nurse in a 100-bed community hospital, you are part of a multidisciplinary team comprised of hospital professional staff tasked with investigating a new computerized management system for the hospital. Unfortunately, most of the team consists of doctors and you are the only nurse selected to participate, making it hard for you to voice your concerns. You decide to document your findings and concerns in a report and submit it to the group.
Conduct a search and evaluation of two new computerized management systems. Then write a report (suggested length of 4–8 pages) for the team in which you do the following:
A. Explain how using the computerized management systems could increase quality of care.
B. Explain why active nursing involvement in the planning, choice, and implementation of the systems is important.
C. Describe how handheld devices used by the nursing staff could be integrated into the management systems for better quality of care.
D. Discuss security standards of data and patient confidentiality, including the need for data storage integrity and data backup and recovery and how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements impact the use of the systems.
E. Discuss how the new systems can affect healthcare cost.
F. Discuss the benefits these new systems can offer to patient care and nursing care delivery.
1. Recommend the system you think the team should purchase.