For this Application Assignment, you are to write a 4- to 5-page paper on the issues of data quality, patient safety, and access to health care. Reflect on your own practices and review your readings and the media programs about how information technology improves patient safety and quality of care.
Conduct additional research using the Walden Library. Then, addressing the following:
- Describe strategies that are used to ensure the accuracy and safety of data entered into information systems used in nursing practice.
- Explain the importance of data integrity for health care institutions.
- Summarize how information technology contributes to patient safety and to access to health care.
Using Information Technology to Improve Patient Safety and Quality of Nursing Care – due by Day 7 of Week 5
For this Application Assignment, write a 3-4 page paper reflecting on what you have learned about the issues of data quality, patient safety, and access to health care in relation to information technology. Use the headings below for each section. Use a minimum of five references from the professional nursing literature in the assigned course readings and other references in the Walden Library. If they are relevant, you may use one or two professional web sites in addition to the literature references.
Begin this paper with a brief paragraph that provides an overview of the assignment and its purpose. There is no separate heading for this paragraph; the heading for this paragraph is the same as the title of the paper. This paragraph will be about 2-3 sentences. The last sentence in this paragraph is a sentence that begins “The purpose of this paper is to ¨. This paragraph is worth 20 points.
Data accuracy and safety – 60 points
Describe at least two strategies that are used to ensure the accuracy and safety of data entered into information systems used in nursing practice. This section is 2 paragraphs.
Data integrity – 40 points
Explain the importance of data integrity to healthcare institutions.