Clinical Practice Applications: Facility Based
New applications for facility-based clinical practice continue to be the fastest growing area of interest in nursing informatics (Fig. 7.1). Although there are many technological advances discussed here, the areas of greatest interest are conceptual. Source data capture, the development and use of decision support and expert systems, and the development of a nursing minimum data set as they relate to facility-based care are the most important issues (see Chapter 12 for a full discussion). Although none of these concepts is easily categorized, the nursing process provides the structure for this chapter. Clinical applications of nursing informatics are related to assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
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