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Respond to at least two of your colleagues* on two different days, offering one or more additional interaction strategies in support of the examples/observations shared or by offering further insight to the thoughts shared about the future of these interactions.

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Nurses are an essential part of providing patient safety (Glassman, 2017). The informatics specialist that I have collaborated with are focused on improving patient care and patient safety. I have observed many interactions between informatics specialist and health care workers. One of the main interactions I see is the risk management director interviewing nurses on incidents that have occurred such as patient falls. The informatics specialists often do not interact directly with the staff at my health care facility. The informatics specialists are more behind the scenes working to improve our systems. The nursing informatics specialists are constantly monitoring our EMARs and electronic patient charts. Specialists are always updating staff on new features in the EMAR and patient charts that make inputting information easier and faster. One suggestion I have to improve the interaction between healthcare staff and informatics specialist is to have in-services to go over new information instead of emailing a list of updates. An in-service will allow time for staff to ask questions about new features of the systems and for the informatics specialist to explain the features more in depth.

           Nursing is changing day to day and so is the new technologies that come with continued research. Nurse informatics specialists must go through new data and process it in to something useful for nursing practice (Thew, 2016). New technologies will allow improvements on patient safety and nursing efficiency (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2018).  The evolution of nursing informatics will cause healthcare facilitates to become more data driven. The emergence of new technologies will have every discipline interacting with one another through interfaces such as the patient charts. Disciplines will continue to improve communication using the data that informatics provides. New data will force health care facilities to move towards improving patient experience and following up on patient education that was provided previously.

References

Glassman, K.S (2017). Using data in nursing practice. American Nurse Today, 12(11), 45-47. https://www.myamericannurse.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ant11-Data-1030.pdf

McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2017). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (4th ed.). Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Thew, J (2016). Big data means big potential, challenges for nurse execs. https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/nursing/big-data-means-big-potential-challenges-nurse-execs

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