Nursing Aspects of Health Information Systems

  • Kathryn J. Hannah
  • Marion J. Ball
  • Margaret J.A. Edwards
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


Motivation for the development and implementation of computerized hospital information systems has been financial and administrative (i.e., driven by the need to capture charges, reduce costs, and document patient care for legal reasons). Most of the systems marketed today have been motivated by those two factors. Historically, such systems have required a major investment in hardware (typically a mainframe and networks); and even though they have demonstrated significant improvement in hospital communications (with a corresponding reduction in paper flow), they have been characteristically weak in supporting professional nursing practice. These factors have prevented the level of acceptance by nurses that was originally foreseen. Only recently have developers and vendors begun to consider the nature of modern nursing practice and its information-processing requirements (Fig. 6.1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn J. Hannah
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marion J. Ball
    • 3
    • 4
  • Margaret J.A. Edwards
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.President, Hannah Educational & Consulting Services, Inc.CalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Professor, Department of Community Health Science Faculty of MedicineUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  3. 3.Vice President, Clinical Informatics StrategiesHealthlink, an IBM companyBaltimoreUSA
  4. 4.Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of NursingBaltimoreUSA
  5. 5.Professor and Coordinator, Graduate Programs Centre for Nursing and Health StudiesAthabasca UniversityAthabascaCanada
  6. 6.President, Margaret J.A. Edwards & Associates, Inc.CalgaryCanada

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