Informatics and Integration
With the tremendous advances in medical science, the challenge for nursing continues to be the integration of many specialized resources in the care of patients. Nursing decisions are often limited by access to necessary information available from these specialized sources; thus ease of access in a timely manner to all pertinent patient information is a necessity. Combined with business and government pressure for healthcare reform, medical informatics must economically and transparently integrate information from multiple sources in a manner that allows nurses to focus on the care being given rather than on how the information is obtained. Tremendous opportunities await those willing to rethink and redefine the problems and thus reengineer their resolutions; otherwise, “we will be limited to, at best, 20% solutions” (Simborg and Gabler, 1992, p. 200).
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