With so much emphasis on health-care reform, it is critical that nurses have access to high-quality technology tools. These tools can improve patient experience by increasing access to critical medical information, promoting effective communication among health care professionals, and increasing access to vital medical information. Nurses can significantly improve the quality and safety of care they provide by actively seeking out and implementing these tools.

This Discussion focuses on identifying high-quality technological tools that improve nurses’ ability to provide safe, effective care.

To get ready:

Examine the technology tools described in this week’s Learning Resources.
Identify a recently adopted information, education, or communication technology tool in your field of expertise. Consider how it is used and how it affects the quality of care.
Consider how your chosen technology tool might affect nursing practice if it were used more widely. What are some of the impediments to increased usage? How could broader adoption be facilitated?