CASE STUDY 8-2: IMPLICATIONS OF USING VARIOUS DATA SOURCES
The technology committee at your medical center has been asked to look at current applications within the facility that generate data streams to determine which applications should feed into patient records. Some devices such as glucometers and other point-of-care testing devices automatically feed results into the patient’s electronic health record. Other devices that track fitness for example, are heavily used outside of the medical center but have not been linked with health records. As the APRN representative on the committee, you have been asked to provide your expert opinion on the integration of these additional data streams.
Discuss how nurse-sensitive data can be used to create health policy at the state or national level. How does the nurse communicate the importance of these data inclusions to policy makers?