Introduction

The electronic health information technology system keeps a collection of patients and population records. These records are then to be accessed from any health facility and, in essence, are to facilitate the process of treatment. The system mainly seeks to do away with the traditional paper records, which came in with various disadvantages that include time consumption when searching for a particular information and storage space requirement among others. The paper seeks to identify the implementation process, challenges that would arise in case nurses and not involved in the process and how to avoid them (Mcgonigle & Mastrian, 2012)

 

Implementation, Challenges and the Vitality of Nurses

Assessing the readiness of the practice

It involves an evaluation of the finances and technological availability to support the systems. It is an essential need identification in which an organization identifies the necessity to advance to an electronic system and finds out just how much the organization is ready for the change. The likely issues at this stage would be those involving logistics. However, not involving nurses has the risk of overstating the importance of various aspects and on the reverse, forgetting other important areas. Nurses give particular needs a system needs to attain hence should be consulted.

Planning an approach to implement the system

There are various types of approaches from paper to electronic systems, depending on the desires of an organization and the need to safeguard data. A pilot approach involves running data from past records, whereas a parallel model involves entry of data in both paper and electronic systems for some time to make sure the system works and should it flop there is a backup. The possible challenge at this stage includes a poor take over the strategy that would lead to losing data and stalling of hospital process in case of a system failure. Nurses are crucial at this stage as they provide guidance on how the organization can properly adopt the system (Boswell, 2011)

Other processes of implementation

They include selection of a certified electronic health record, achievement of full, meaningful use and continuous quality improvement of a system. In all these stages, nurses are essential as they ensure perfect system placement and provide ground advice on what is to be done. Failure to involve these practitioners may lead to the implementation of a system that does not meet all the organization’s needs (Kelley, Brandon, Dochtery, & L, 2011)

Personal experience

An inadequate system in my local dispensary caused a mix up between my records and those of a lady in an entirely different region. According to the system, I was an elderly lady in one of their facilities. If only they had involved the end user in the process such as nurses, this would not have happened.