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Data and Systems Thinking

The topic for October during ANA's 2016 Culture of Safety (COS) is "Data and Systems Thinking." Data is fundamental to the nursing process and we need to leverage data and systems thinking to further the priorities of the National Quality Strategy (NQS) to achieve the aims: better care, more afford able care, and healthier people/communities.

To illustrate how "systems thinking" is integral to a COS, reflect upon an excerpt from the past editorial article "Improving health care with systems thinking" by ANA President Pamela Cipriano in the American Nurse Today, September 2008 Vol. 3 No. 9:

A systems thinker sees how the parts of an organization interact and how effectively people are working together. This new way of thinking permits us to see things we didn't see before. Expanded thinking allows us to recognize and imagine ways of solving problems by grasping entire processes and systems. Such thinking also reinforces the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Systems thinking can be transformational. It transcends the quality-improvement cycle, producing better and safer patient care. Unity of purpose and seeing and realizing the possibilities of error-free care can create joy in work. By continuously improving the quality of work we do, we will produce better and safe patient care (Cipriano, 2008, page 6).

SOURCE: Cipriano, P. (2008). Improving health care with systems thinking. American Nurse Today, 3(9), 6. www.americannursetoday.com/improving-health-care-with-systems-thinking

ANA's Department of Health Policy implements health policy and quality initiatives associated with the use of electronic health records (EHR) and advocates for standardized nursing data capture throughout the nursing process, interoperability across settings, and the importance of consumer access to their digital health information. ANA also supports the attribution of nurses in the EHR to support a Learning Health System. To learn more about these topics, please explore ANA's Policy and Advocacy and Health IT Initiatives webpages, in addition to the resources below.

Navigate Nursing Webinar

Beyond Meaningful Use: Getting Involved in Design, Use, and Efficacy of Patient Portals
Presenter: Susan C. Hull, MSN, RN
Date: October 19, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm–2:00 pm EDT
NOTE: Registration for the event will close on October 18th at 7:00 pm EDT

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Although hospital adoption of electronic health records has more than doubled since 2009, the health care industry continues to lag behind others, with medical records trapped in filing cabinets or inaccessible to patients at home. In this Navigate Nursing webinar, join informatics expert Susan C. Hull, MSN, RN, as she discusses the GetMyHealthData campaign—a collaborative effort between leading consumer organizations, health care experts, former policy makers, and technology organizations, that focuses on consumer access to digital health information to help improve the safety and quality of health care.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the need to construct a collaborative nursing goal toward the liberation of health care data for the benefit of individuals, families, communities, and the health system as a whole.
  • Analyze barriers toward the engagement of patients using personal digital health data via patient portals and other consumer e-health tools.
  • Identify tools for developing a culture of trust related to security of e-health information.
  • Discuss opportunities for nurses to participate in the shaping of patient portals and other consumer e-health tools including tracer opportunities in the GetMyHealthData campaign.

This new webinar will help you learn more about getting involved in design, use, and efficacy of patient portals. After all, it's up to you to provide the best care and help patients understand their health and treatment options.

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