Describe a nursing informatics best practices policy for effective and safe data use in a nursing practice setting or organization.
Today’s health care professionals need to be accountable for the use of information systems that are repositories for copious amounts of protected health information (PHI).
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
•Competency 2: Identify strategies and best practices for using informatics in nursing and health care. ◦Describe the best practices needed to promote and support data security.
◦Describe the ethical standards needed to promote patient confidentiality.
◦Describe regulatory requirements that promote and support positive patient outcomes related to a specific population.
◦Describe the types of behaviors and skills nurse leaders need to guide the use of information technology and research for improved patient-care outcomes.
•Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is consistent with expectations of a nursing professional. ◦Write coherently to support a central idea in appropriate format with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.
Questions to Consider
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
•How do nurses develop best practice?
•How does research support best practice?
•What are best practices in your organization that you think are exemplars for improving patient care?
•What nursing roles should be in place to support the use of evidenced-based practice?
•How would you describe the concept of meaningful use and technology adoption stages: electronic health records (EHR) incentive programs, and how does this fit within the context of best practice?
•What are the main points to consider as you review The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and why is this best practice?
•How does the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) support patient safety and improved patient outcomes?
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