"The accessibility and mobility that handheld technology can provide to
clinical data needs to be communicated to nurses."
The American Nurses Association's Standards and Scope of Practice for
Nursing Informatics includes the use of "identifying and implementing
information handling technologies" that support patient care and nursing
practice. The Midwest Alliance for Nursing Informatics, in keeping with
these Standards and Scope of Practice guidelines presents: HANDHELD
TECHNOLOGY AND IT'S CLINICAL APPLICATIONS FOR NURSING.
The day long presentation will be held in Chicago in March
The program's goals will be to provide education on handheld technology, to
investigate the clinical applications available for nurses (or lack thereof), to
communicate how point of care documentation and data access can be
facilitated by the technology and to discuss potential security implications
related to the technology's use in the clinical setting. Presenters will be from
RNpalm, the Nursing Informatics Working Group of the American Informatics Association and the Midwest Alliance for Nursing Informatics.
PDA vendor representatives will provide device demonstrations
Additionally, speakers will address the gap between the existence of handheld
technology and it's actual clinical adoption by nurses.
Point of care clinical data capture and access (allowing nurses to access
clinical data close to the patient, wherever the patient may be) has long been
considered a Nursing and Nursing Informatics practice ideal. Any technology
that can be utilized at the bedside to assist nurses in patient care should be
thoroughly investigated and fully utilized by Nurses.
[This message has been edited by rninformatics (edited December 22, 2000).]