Community Nursing Health Policy, Politics, and Reform


Community Nursing Health Policy, Politics, and Reform

Chapter 3: Health Policy, Politics, and Reform

1. You Have learned about health information technology (HIT) in this chapter. Give a few examples for the application of HIT in the clinical practice. Explain the main barriers of using HIT in the healthcare system.

Week 2 DQ 2 Follow the discussion questions’ participation and submission guidelines. Follow the 3 x 3 rule: minimum of three paragraphs per DQ, with a minimum of three sentences each paragraph, and 2 to 3 references

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Health information technology (HIT) refers to the use of computer systems to process and manage health information. The technology deals with the capture of health records, storage, retrieval, and sharing of processed health information. HIT has multiple applications in clinical practice. First, it provides a platform for storing health records electronically through electronic health records (EHR). Traditionally, clinicians used physical files to preserve health records about patients. Today, HIT allows clinicians to capture patients’ data on a computer system and store that information for future reference. Therefore, it becomes easy to retrieve patient information because the clinician only queries a database instead of wasting time looking for a physical file, which is not easy to find.