Week 1 Initial Post.docx - Week 1 Initial Post Nursing Informatics and Patient Safety The highest challenge to the improvement of patient safety is the

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Week 1 Initial Post Nursing Informatics and Patient Safety The highest challenge to the improvement of patient safety is the lack of awareness of the degree to which errors happen daily in health care organizations since most errors go unreported for fear of punishment. A safe environment of care includes; taking responsibility to reduce associated safety risks, encouragement of error reporting without blame and the willingness to discuss mistakes openly in a non-punitive manner It is crucial that health care information technology (IT) addresses such concerns, challenges, and issues experienced today. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report of 1999, To Err Is Human, errors in the delivery of care are due to faulty systems, processes, and conditions ( Kohn, Corrigan & Donaldson, 2000) . The IOM report highlighted challenges like surgical injuries, falls, pressure ulcers, mistaken patient identities and adverse drug event conditions ( Kohn et al., 2000) . According to Plawecki & Amrhein, (2009), one of the four-tiered improvement approach based on the IOM (1999) report was the implementation of safety systems in health care organization such as the use of informatics to improve aspects of patient safety. The benefits and full use of clinical information technology come with challenges such as glitches, hackers who can steal identities and information and loss of information(McGonigle & Mastrian, 2018). The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on patient safety, To Err is Human , reviewed the concerns to safe care in complicated settings and availed several recommendations for technology adoption by health care professionals (Plawecki & Amrhein, 2009). Within their report, the Crossing the Quality Chasm , the IOM inspected part of the concerns to efficient usage of IT to promote care quality, comprising underinvestment by provider organization, guaranteeing health information, offering sufficient technical infrastructure to avail connectivity in multi settings and, reimbursement for technology amenities (Plawecki & Amrhein, 2009). The urge to transform healthcare continues to grow with innovations in education, scientific evidence, and technology (Cipriano & Murphy, 2011). The transformation of health care via the use of IT has centered on automation of clinical data, increasing communication between patients and providers, decreasing errors, and availing evidence to the point of care (Cipriano & Murphy, 2011). Health IT, linked to central strategies can realize a safer, better effective and efficient health care system. It is undoubted that the development of IT has helped address some of the concerns about patient safety raised in the report at my work setting. Health IT helps in decreasing health care costs, especially using electronic medical records and attaining health information exchange as well as, offering systems that promote the clinical practice, research, and health.

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