Utilization and Influence of Health Information Technology on Kentucky Advanced Practice Registered Nurses' Clinical Decision Making
AuthorShuffitt, Jason T.
KeywordsAdvanced Practice Nursing
Clinical Decision Making
Health Information Technology
Committee ChairEffken, Judith
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractInformation technology is ubiquitous in society and industry; however, healthcare is just beginning to explore how health information technology (HIT) can be optimized to support quality care. HIT can assist with standardizing care delivery, increasing access to evidence-based medicine, improving accuracy and ease of documentation, and assisting with patient education. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), specifically nurse practitioners (NPs) and certified nurse midwives (CNMs), play a pivotal role in the healthcare delivery system. To be effective practitioners, providers must manage, integrate, and assimilate a multitude of knowledge with each patient encounter. HIT can serve as the channel through which the NP and CNM provides cost-effective, efficient, and quality care. However, healthcare providers have been slow to adopt and implement HIT resources. We know that adoption of HIT by healthcare providers is varied among provider and practice settings. However, few studies have examined the impact on and utilization of information technology by APRNs, specifically nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives.The purpose of this research was to investigate the utilization and influence of HIT on the clinical decision making of Kentucky nurse practitioners and nurse midwives (Kentucky APRNs). A descriptive cross-sectional design using survey methodology and convenience sampling was employed. Participants were asked to complete an author-modified, web-based survey tool that was based on current research. The 40-question tool was designed to explore providers' attitudes and perceptions of technology, determine their knowledge and utilization of various electronic and traditional print medical resources, and assess the penetration of and daily usage of HIT in practice.This study revealed information related to Kentucky APRN's utilization and influence of HIT on clinical decision making. Establishing exploratory Kentucky APRN findings will assist in evaluating further HIT utilization in Kentucky. Findings suggested that APRNs in Kentucky are beginning to explore the benefits of HIT; however, additional research will be required to identify the true penetration and utilization of technology in Kentucky. Although additional research is needed, HIT appears to be having an overall impact on the clinical practice of Kentucky APRNs.
Degree ProgramGraduate College