Transforming Nursing and Healthcare through Information Technology
July 10, 2015
Adopting New Technologies into Nursing The healthcare system is a continuously evolving spectrum. Nurses must take great strides in learning and adapting to new technologies to meet the standards of the health care system. One significant change that has occurred throughout the last few years is the transition from paper charting to utilizing electronic health record (EHR) systems. This technological change is a major development that has the potential to significantly impact the nursing role and overall health care system. While electronic health records deem to be very beneficial, many barriers exist that hinder the implementation of new technological health record systems. The purpose of this paper is to outline impediments and consider how the five qualities outlined by Rogers (2003) may assist in preparing nurses for the upcoming implementation of a new electronic record system.
Rogers (2003) defined relative advantage as “the degree to which an innovation is perceived as being better than the idea it supersedes”. According to Anderso, Varnhagen, & Campbell (1998), the greater the perceived relative advantage of a new adaptation, the more hasty the adoption of this new innovation is probable to be. For example, when implementing a new electronic record system a great aspect to present to the nurses would be the advantage of how this new technology can add convenience as well as patient and job satisfaction. If nurses can see and understand that adaptation of a new EHR has potential to decrease the time spent charting and add value to their patients care, it would encourage nurses to be open to the new system and participate in learning, and adopting the technology.
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