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provide evidence-based care based on this information, and evaluate the outcomes of the process.Information literacy refers to the use of digital technology to locate, navigate, manage, integrate, evaluate, create, and effectively communicate in a rapidly changing information environment in the pursuit of knowledge.The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Core Competencies advocated incorporating competencies from technology informatics with Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) curricula to teach nurse practitioner students how to use available technology to enhance the safety and health outcomes of their patients (NONPF, 2017, p. 8). The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing written by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) (2013) recognized that master's-prepared nurses use technologiesto deliver and coordinate patient care as well as to
enhance communication. Graduate level Quality and SafetyEducation for Nurses (QSEN) Competencies recommended the use of information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making (Dolansky & Moore, 2013). The National League forNursing (NLN) Program Outcomes and Competencies for Graduate Academic Nurse Educator Preparation are "grounded in the core values of the NLN - caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence. The concepts of evidence-based teaching, the science of learning, research in nursing education, and personal and professional development are reflective of these values assuming different dimensions across program type" (NLN, 2017, p.2). Each organization incorporates aspects of information and/or literacy with core competencies; however, the extent of inclusion and items differ vastly.The most important aspects of information literacy reflect information discovery, retrieval, and delivery as well as theability to acquire, process, generate, and disseminate knowledge in ways that help those managing the knowledge reevaluate and rethink what an individual understands.The goals of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (2013), published by the American Library Association (ALA) are a response to the changing perceptions of how information is created, evaluated, and used.22.HITECH Act:HITECH strengthened HIPAA security and privacy rules andprovided monies and incentives to increase the adoption ofEHRs that meet eligibility requirements for Meaningful Use.The underlying idea was that financial incentives would encourage the adoption of EHR systems, moving the United States closer to a national infrastructure that would support an EHR for every American and provide information via Meaningful Use core criteria that could be used to collect information that could be used to improve population health. Providers that comply with MeaningfulUse requirements qualify for additional reimbursement monies over a period of several years. Penalties will be imposed for providers that do not use approved technologyto comply with Meaningful Use requirements. Providers have some latitude on the core criteria that are met from a prescribed set. Funds allocated by HITECH also support