SURVEY EXPLORES NURSES' USE OF E-HEALTH TOOLS

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Abstract

Electronic records enable information to be shared with colleagues and patients, but staff need to understand the benefits of computer technology. Alison Wallis gauges clinicians' awareness of e-developments and their computer literacy skills

E-health is concerned with promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities, and improving professional practice through the use of information management and information and communication technology. In autumn 2010 the RCN, supported by an information technology consultancy, carried out a survey of members' views on e-health to assess their involvement in, and readiness for, e-health developments and their knowledge of its benefits. A total of 1,313 nurses, midwives, healthcare support workers and pre-registration students from across the UK responded. This article describes ways in which nurse managers can influence the successful implementation of the survey recommendations.

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