ANA pledges to help patients improve care through use of electronic health information.
Subject: Consumer education (Management)
Medical societies (Political activity)
Medical societies (Beliefs, opinions and attitudes)
Medical care (Quality management)
Medical care (Management)
Medical informatics (Management)
Pub Date: 03/22/2012
Publication: Name: Tennessee Nurse Publisher: Tennessee Nurses Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Tennessee Nurses Association ISSN: 1055-3134
Issue: Date: Spring, 2012 Source Volume: 75 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics; 360 Services information; 290 Public affairs Computer Subject: Company business management
Product: Product Code: 9914206 Consumer Education; 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Organization: Government Agency: United States. Department of Health and Human Services Organization: American Nurses Association; American Nurses Association
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 283984753
Full Text: SILVER SPRING, MD-The American Nurses Association (ANA) pledged to educate consumers about the benefits of electronic health information, as part of a national campaign launched to engage consumers in improving their own health through information technology.

ANA made a formal pledge to develop educational materials on health information technology for registered nurses to share with consumers, in support of the Consumer eHealth Program established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The ANA initiative will help people understand the benefits of using their electronic health records to prevent illness and manage chronic conditions, and to track history of immunizations, clinical exams and hospitalizations.

Health information technology provides a platform for capturing and sharing standardized data, such as lab results, tests, treatment history, medication profiles and basic medical information.

"Health information technology can improve care by ensuring that care is based on evidence. It also allows health care professionals from different clinical settings and disciplines to communicate effectively about a patient's care to avoid duplication of services and ensure nothing important is missed through a lost paper trail or failed memory," said ANA President Karen Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN. "This unique platform for compiling and analyzing data also supports one of the strongest tenets of nursing--educating the health care consumer."

ANA will ask nurses to submit examples of innovative use of health information technology in their practices, including methods they employ to engage patients in the use of that technology to improve their health, such as patient portals. ANA intends to share such models with ONC to demonstrate nursing's effectiveness in developing consumer-oriented health information technology strategies.

ANA has long recognized the importance of using standardized data and information technology to improve the quality of care. ANA began promoting the broad use of health information technology in the 1990s, designating nursing informatics as a nursing specialty and publishing the first scope and standards of practice documents for that specialty. Nursing informatics integrates nursing science, computer science and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge and wisdom in nursing practice.

In 1998, ANA established the National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators[R] (NDNQI[R]), the nation's only comprehensive database allowing hospitals to compare nursing performance measures at the unit level. For example, a hospital can compare its rate of hospitalacquired pressure ulcers in intensive care units to similar units at other NDNQI-participating hospitals in the region, state or nation, providing a benchmark for performance and quality of care.

ANA values its relationship and partnership with health care consumers and their families and is well-positioned to create opportunities that will further engage consumers in improving their own health through information technology.

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