Informatics training for nurses improves patient care

Informatics training for nurses improves patient care

First published on HealthTimes – November 17th, 2017


With the announcement of a nation-wide rollout of patient controlled electronic health records (or MyHealth Record) for every Australian by 2018 and the Australian Digital Health Agency’s strategic plan release for 2018-2022, the move to integrated electronic health records calls for a rethink of our understanding of what it means to be a nurse in an increasingly digital environment.

In August this year the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA), Nursing Informatics Australia (NIA) and the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) partnered to develop the nursing informatics position statement which advocates for the instrumental role of nurses in digitally transforming healthcare, making the call to optimise the use of information and technology to enable better patient care

Tasneem Islam is a PhD nursing student at Deakin University and committee member at Nursing Informatics Australia. She is using her studies on bridging the translation gap between health technologies and their users to better inform the committee on informatics in practice.

‘I’m very pleased to be able to do so in my upcoming role as an electronic medical record [EMR] theatre clinical applications specialist at Monash Health,’ Tasneem says.

Informatics ideally allows nurses to do what they do best – care for their patients safely. Technology plays a big part this, by allowing health care to be more accessible and patient-centred. For nurses, technology would ideally reduce workload and allow clinicians to adopt a more proactive role with the assistance of real-time data. For patients, telehealth services can make health care more convenient and personalised than ever…