Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology Trend

Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology Trend  

Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology Trend 

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Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology Trends

Throughout history, technological advancements have appeared for one purpose before finding

applications elsewhere that lead to spikes in its usage and development. The internet, for example, was

originally developed to share research before becoming a staple of work and entertainment. But

technology—new and repurposed—will undoubtedly continue to be a driver of healthcare information.

Informaticists often stay tuned to trends to monitor what the next new technology will be or how the next

new idea for applying existing technology can benefit outcomes.

In this Discussion, you will reflect on your healthcare organization’s use of technology and offer a

technology trend you observe in your environment.

To Prepare:

 Reflect on the Resources related to digital information tools and technologies.

 Consider your healthcare organization’s use of healthcare technologies to manage and distribute


 Reflect on current and potential future trends, such as use of social media and mobile

applications/telehealth, Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled asset tracking, or expert

systems/artificial intelligence, and how they may impact nursing practice and healthcare delivery.

By Day 3 of Week 6

Post a brief description of general healthcare technology trends, particularly related to data/information

you have observed in use in your healthcare organization or nursing practice. Describe any potential

challenges or risks that may be inherent in the technologies associated with these trends you described.

Then, describe at least one potential benefit and one potential risk associated with data safety, legislation,

and patient care for the technologies you described. Next, explain which healthcare technology trends you

believe are most promising for impacting healthcare technology in nursing practice and explain why.

Describe whether this promise will contribute to improvements in patient care outcomes, efficiencies, or

data management. Be specific and provide examples.


By Day 6 of Week 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues* on two different days, offering additional/alternative ideas

regarding opportunities and risks related to the observations shared.

*Note: Throughout this program, your fellow students are referred to as colleagues.

Submission and Grading Information

Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:

Week 6 Discussion Rubric


Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 6 of Week 6


To participate in this Discussion:

Week 6 Discussion


Learning Resources

Required Readings

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

Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

 Chapter 14, “The Electronic Health Record and Clinical Informatics” (pp. 267–287)

 Chapter 15, “Informatics Tools to Promote Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes” (pp. 293–317)

 Chapter 16, “Patient Engagement and Connected Health” (pp. 323–338)

 Chapter 17, “Using Informatics to Promote Community/Population Health” (pp. 341–355)

 Chapter 18, “Telenursing and Remote Access Telehealth” (pp. 359–388)


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HealthIT.gov. (2018c). What is an electronic health record (EHR)? Retrieved from



Rao-Gupta, S., Kruger, D. Leak, L. D., Tieman, L. A., & Manworren, R. C. B. (2018). Leveraging

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Skiba, D. (2017). Evaluation tools to appraise social media and mobile applications. Informatics, 4(3),



Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Public Health Informatics [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Accessible player

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Electronic Records and Managing IT Change [Video file].

Baltimore, MD: Author.

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