New roles for nurses with health IT

Healthcare IT is continually evolving, and nurses are relying on new technologies every day across the country. Cerner has found that nurses are critical in helping ensure new technologies and electronic health records (EHR) systems are best leveraged to enhance care, improve hospital administration and ultimately result in better patient outcomes.

Ellen Harper, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Cerner, has seen firsthand how much nursing has changed during her 35 years working in the field. Harper believes nurses should take a more active role to help guide the implementation of healthcare IT. “Using data elements consistently and reliably will allow for information to be collected once and reused for multiple purposes, including outcomes measurement, practice level improvements, surveillance, population health, research and decision support. Many nurse leaders already have stepped into these roles, but many more will be required in future years,” Harper said.

Harper and other Cerner experts discussed how nurses can get involved and take advantage of available EHR data analytics during the Big Data Principles Workgroup at this year’s HIMSS conference. The group convened to discuss the role nurses play in EHR implementation, interoperability, usability and terminology – all with a focus on outcomes that benefit patient care.

Nurses are also on the front line of delivering care to our military community, and that’s why our DHMSM solution is purposefully designed to equip nurses with the information they need to deliver insight-driven healthcare. The Leidos Partnership is honored to have resources like Ellen Harper and our advisor Maj. General Nancy Adams, R.N. to help us deliver a system that supports the nurses who care for our men and women in uniform.