Standardization and Interoperability of Health Information Technology: Supporting Nursing and the National Quality Strategy for Better Patient Outcomes

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Effective Date: June 11, 2014

ANA Position: The American Nurses Association (ANA) believes that electronic health records (EHRs) and other HIT solutions used to document, manage, and report nursing care in all phases and settings should promote the accurate capture and standardized representation of nursing knowledge, data collected by nurses in the context of patient care, and contributions to outcomes across the nursing process.

Further, these systems should be interoperable within and among all vendors’ products. Achievement of such standardization and interoperability will improve patient outcomes, enhance nurse work satisfaction, support the exchange and use of nursing knowledge, and promote nursing participation in the development, growth, and maturation of a continuous rapid learning health care system.

In order to achieve this, ANA will work with the nursing informatics community, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the EHR and health IT vendor community to:

  1. Promote the adoption and implementation of standardized nursing data capture within all vendor products.
  2. Advocate for standardized nursing data capture throughout the nursing process and across all settings of care.
  3. Promote standardization of installed vendor products as a strategic imperative to support interoperability.
  4. Advocate for a feedback loop to inform direct care interventions.
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