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Nurses' Roles in Health Information Technology : A Canadian Perspective Tamblyn, Robyn M.


The Canadian landscape of health information technology is at an all-time high with various types of smart devices, electronic health records, and decision support systems available to both the health community and patients. Such technologies help to improve the productivity of clinicians and the safety of the patients by increasing the efficiency of certain tasks and reducing the risk of error. With nurses representing the largest workforce within the health care delivery system, there are many technologies designed with their expertise in mind to help streamline health care delivery. Two such technologies are web-based case management systems, which allow nurses to virtually manage the on-going health of patients, and home care technologies, such as watch sensors, monitoring tools, and telemedicine, which all allow direct access to nurses. These clinical informatics tools are particularly beneficial for patients transitioning in care and for seniors who may have questions concerning their chronic conditions or medications and may not be mobile to visit their primary care physician or community pharmacist. Furthermore, these technologies allow nurses to manage many more patients than would be feasible in person and deliver care to their full expertise and potential.

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