In 2011 Mason General Hospital was named by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine as one of the Most Wired hospitals in the United States. What makes this particularly significant is that Mason General is a small 25-bed rural hospital in the state of Washington.
It credits its success to nurse Eileen Branscome director of
clinical informatics. Under her leadership the hospital adopted
such innovations as visual smart boards where real-time patient
information is always available. According to the magazine those
hospitals designated as Most Wired show better outcomes in patient
satisfaction risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality
measures through the use of information technology (IT) (Mason
General Hospital and Family of Clinics 2012).
Developments in information technology have enabled patients and health care providers to collaborate for quality improvement at an unprecedented level and nurses have consistently been at the forefront of these efforts. This week you focus on the IOM report To Err Is Human and consider how health information technology has helped to address the issues of patient safety and quality health care.
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