Computer Technology in Hospital Nursing Departments: Future Applications and Implications
Advances in computer technology during the past twenty years have not, as yet, had much of an impact on the way hospital nursing is practiced. All evidence suggests that nursing’s relative isolation from the computer revolution is rapidly coming to an end. The rise in the cost of hospitalization has become a source of public distress. As a major cost center, the hospital nursing department quickly attracts the attention of those responsible for cost control. Manual information handling procedures consume up to 40% of a staff nurse’s time.1 Manual methods are inefficient, expensive, and frustrating to the nursing staff. They do not facilitate the kind of management control of operations now being demanded by funding agencies and the government. During the next few years, existing and future advances in computer technology will revolutionize processes at all levels of the hospital nursing department. The purpose of this paper is to explore the kinds of changes we can expect computer technology to make in hospital nursing departments during the next 10 to 15 years.
KeywordsComputer Information System Automate Information System Nursing Diagnosis Computer Revolution Infection Control Nurse
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