Handbook of Informatics for Nurses and Health Care Professionals

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For undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in Nursing Informatics and/or Health care, Nursing Trends and Issues, and Nursing Research, as well as a resource for health care professionals interested in informatics.

The Handbook serves as an introduction to the computer technology used by health care professionals, nurses, and others. It is an easy-to-read guide that provides useful information on topics that range from basic computing concepts and electronic communication, data integrity and security, to information system selection and implementation, disaster planning and recovery, telehealth, and Informatics applications for education and research.

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About the Author:

Toni Hebda, RN, PhD, is a nurse clinician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She has worked as a system analyst and adjunct faculty for Duquesne University School of Nursing, having taught both nursing informatics and clinical courses. Her interest in informatics provided a focus for her dissertation and subsequently led her to help establish a regional nursing informatics support group and obtain a graduate degree in information science and ANCC certification as informatics nurse. She is a reviewer for the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics.

Patricia Czar, RN, is an Information Systems Consultant. She has been active in informatics for more than 25 years, serving as manager of clinical systems at a major medical center where she was responsible for planning, design, implementation, and ongoing support for all of the clinical information systems. She has been an active member of several informatics groups and has presented nationally and internationally. Ms. Czar has served as mentor for nursing and health informatics students and has a Microcomputer Specialist certificate.

Cynthia Mascara, RN, MSN, MBA, is a Principal Consultant with Siemens Medical Solutions-Health Services. She provides consulting related to clinical systems implementation in the United States and internationally. Ms. Mascara has extensive experience with project management as well as the design and implementation of clinical information systems. She previously served as a nursing informatics specialist at a major medical center and has been an active member and leader in several informatics groups. Ms. Mascara has also presented extensively. She previously served in nursing services and administration at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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Handbook of Informatics for Nurses & Health Care Professionals is an introduction to the computer technology used by nurses & other health care professionals. Offering an overview of informatics, as well as practical information for day-to day use, this book includes:

  • Expanded coverage of mobile computing and PDAs.
  • Web-based technology, search tools, and evaluation criteria for online material.
  • Various forms of electronic communication and ways to use it more effectively.
  • The role of strategic planning in information management and system design and implementation.
  • The development and use of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR).
  • Regulatory and accreditation requirements, such as HIPAA.
  • Disaster planning and recovery chapter with specific measures for the protection and back-up of information.
  • A definition of telehealth as well as some of its applications and related issues.
  • Applications of computer-based education for professionals and consumers.

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