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Nursing Information Systems: From Documentation as Evidence to Documentation as a Support to the Clinical Decision Making

Nursing Information Systems: From Documentation as Evidence to Documentation as a Support to the Clinical Decision Making
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Author(s): Ana Paula Macedo (Universidade do Minho, Portugal), Fernando Petronilho (Universidade do Minho, Portugal) and João Cainé (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 18
Source title: Handbook of Research on ICTs and Management Systems for Improving Efficiency in Healthcare and Social Care
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal), Isabel Maria Miranda (Municipality of Guimarães, Portugal) and Patricia Gonçalves (School of Technology at the Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3990-4.ch024

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Abstract

We have witnessed a change in the Health Information Systems (HIS) in what concerns structure, contents, and support for optimization of the resources, the best efficiency in cost control, and a better management of the quality of services rendered to the citizens. From the standpoint of reformulating the HIS, we can see an evolution in the production of information centered almost exclusively in the need of a documental proof on the care rendered by nurses to the citizens to produce information that can constitute a central resource for their clinical decision making. The authors describe the evolution of the Nursing Information Systems (NIS), reflect upon the impact of reformulation and implementation of the NIS in Portugal in the development of the nursing practice, and reflect upon the impact of the NIS reformulation in the quality of care as well as in education and training in the nursing area.

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