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Determine the need for the new or upgraded telehealth technology. Present your findings and recommendations in an executive summary. Include any available assessments and gap analyses that may have been conducted previously.

Complete the Vila Health: Preparing for a Technology Needs Assessment simulation. Vila Health is a virtual environment that simulates a real-world health care system. In the various Vila Health scenarios, you will apply professional strategies, practice skills, and build competencies that you can apply to your coursework and in your career. The information you gather in this scenario will help you to complete the assessment.

The executive summary requirements, outlined below, correspond to the grading criteria in the Technology Needs Assessment Scoring Guide, so be sure to address each point. Read the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed. The Guiding Questions: Technology Needs Assessment document linked above provides additional considerations that may be helpful in completing your assessment. In addition, be sure to note the requirements below for document format and length and for citing supporting evidence.

  • Explain the relevance and importance of a needs assessment.
  • Identify the key issues in nursing care affecting patient outcomes that the new or upgraded telehealth technology will address.
  • Identify the safety requirements and regulatory considerations when using this technology.
  • Identify the patient confidentiality and privacy protections that this technology must address.
  • Describe the potential impact of internal and external stakeholders and end users on the acquisition of this technology.
  • Support assertions, arguments, conclusions, and recommendations with relevant and credible evidence.
  • Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style
  • Telehealth technology can be representative of many different scenarios. For example, the technology could be designed to assist nurses with providing care, such as chronic disease management, to rural patients. It could also be designed to enable physicians to access enhanced care strategies from other providers in another part of the United States, or internationally. Such care strategies might include radiology readings or assistance in an operating room with a new procedure.For this assessment and all remaining assessments, choose any new or upgraded telehealth technology that you would like to see implemented in your organization or practice setting. Be creative and imagine what it would be like to have any telehealth resources that would benefit your community. Then, imagine that executive leaders in your organization or practice setting are considering the purchase of those resources to improve the quality of care provided to patients and enable medical and nursing staff to extend coverage for patients in the region.

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Write a 4-6 page annotated bibliography where you identify peer-reviewed publications that promote the use of a selected technology to enhance quality and safety standards in nursing.Introduction
Rapid changes in information technology go hand-in-hand with progress in quality health care delivery, nursing practice, and interdisciplinary team collaboration. The following are only a few examples of how the health care field uses technology to provide care to patients across multiple settings:

Patient monitoring devices.

  • Robotics.

Electronic medical records.

Data management resources.

Ready access to current science.

Technology is essential to the advancement of the nursing profession, maintaining quality care outcomes, patient safety, and research.This assessment will give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of how technology can enhance quality and safety standards in nursing. You will prepare an annotated bibliography on technology in nursing. A well-prepared annotated bibliography is a comprehensive commentary on the content of scholarly publications and other sources of evidence about a selected nursing-related technology. A bibliography of this type provides a vehicle for workplace discussion to address gaps in nursing practice and to improve patient care outcomes. As nurses become more accountable in their practice, they are being called upon to expand their role of caregiver and advocate to include fostering research and scholarship to advance nursing practice. An annotated bibliography stimulates innovative thinking to find solutions and approaches to effectively and efficiently address these issues.Preparation
To successfully complete this assessment, perform the following preparatory activities:

  • Select a single direct or indirect patient care technology that is relevant to your current practice or of interest to you. Direct patient care technologies require an interaction, or direct contact, between the nurse and patient. Nurses use direct patient care technologies every day when delivering care to patients. Electronic thermometers or pulse oximeters are examples of direct patient care technologies. Indirectpatient care technologies, on the other hand, are those employed on behalf of the patient. They do not require interaction, or direct contact, between the nurse and patient. A handheld device for patient documentation is an example of an indirect patient care technology. Examples of topics to consider for your annotated bibliography include: 
  • Delivery robots.
  • Electronic medication administration with barcoding.
  • Electronic clinical documentation with clinical decision support.
  • Patient sensor devices/wireless communication solutions.
  • Real-time location systems.

Telehealth.

Workflow management systems

Access the NHS Learner Success Lab, linked in the courseroom navigation menu, for additional resources.

Scan the search results related to your chosen technology.

  • Select four peer-reviewed publications focused on your selected topic that are the most interesting to you.

Evaluate the impact of patient care technologies on desired outcomes. 

  • Analyze current evidence on the impact of a selected patient care technology on patient safety, quality of care, and the interdisciplinary team.
  • Integrate current evidence about the impact of a selected patient care technology on patient safety, quality of care, and the interdisciplinary team into a recommendation.
  • Notes
  • Publications may be research studies or review articles from a professional source. Newspapers, magazines, and blogs are not considered professional sources.
  • Your selections need to be current—within the last five years.
  • Annotated Bibliography
    Prepare a 4–6 page annotated bibliography in which you identify and describe at least four peer-reviewed publications that promote the use of your selected technology to enhance quality and safety standards in nursing. Be sure that your annotated bibliography includes all of the following elements:
  • Introduction to the Selected Technology Topic

What is your rationale for selecting this particular technology topic? Why are you interested in this?

  • What research process did you employ? 
  • Which databases did you use?
  • Which search terms did you use?
  • Note: In this section of your bibliography, you may use first-person since you are asked to describe your rationale for selecting the topic and the research strategies you employed. Use third person in the rest of the bibliography, however.

Annotation Elements

  • For each resource, include the full reference followed by the annotation.
  • Explain the focus of the research or review article you chose.
  • Provide a summary overview of the publication. 

According to this source, what is the impact of this technology on patient safety and quality of care?

According to this source, what is the relevance of this technology to nursing practice and the work of the interdisciplinary health care team?

Why did you select this publication to write about out of the many possible options? In other words, make the case as to why this resource is important for health care practitioners to read.

  • Summary of Recommendation
  • How would you tie together the key learnings from each of the four publications you examined?
  • What organizational factors influence the selection of a technology in a health care setting? Consider such factors as organizational policies, resources, culture/social norms, commitment, training programs, and/or employee empowerment.

How would you justify the implementation and use of the technology in a health care setting? This is the section where you will justify (prove) that the implementation of the
patient care technology is appropriate or not. The evidence should be cited from the literature that was noted in the annotated bibliography. 

Consider the impact of the technology on the health care organization, patientcare/satisfaction, and interdisciplinary team productivity, satisfaction, and retention.

Additional Requirements

Competencies Measured
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and scoring guide criteria:

  • Competency 3: Evaluate the impact of patient care technologies on desired outcomes. 

Analyze current evidence on the impact of a selected patient care technology on patient safety, quality of care, and the interdisciplinary team.

Integrate current evidence about the impact of a selected patient care technology on patient safety, quality of care, and the interdisciplinary team into a recommendation.

  • Competency 4: Recommend the use of a technology to enhance quality and safety standards for patients. 

Describe organizational factors influencing the selection of a technology in the health care setting.

  • Justify the implementation and use of a selected technology in a health care setting.

Competency 5: Apply professional, scholarly communication to facilitate use of health information and patient care technologies. 

  • Create a clear, well-organized, and professional annotated bibliography that is generally free from errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

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  • Conduct a health information technology needs assessment. Then, present your findings and recommendations, in a 4-5 page executive summary, regarding a new or upgraded telehealth technology for your organization or practice setting.Introduction
    Note: Each assessment in this course builds upon the work you have completed in previous assessments. Therefore, complete the assessments in the order in which they are presented.Nurse leaders play a key role in the decision-making processes associated with the purchase of a health information technology and any subsequent technology upgrades and improvements. A thorough and accurate needs assessment establishes a foundation for evaluating the overall value to an organization of the various technologies that can be used to support nursing and improve patient care.The needs assessment you will conduct in your first assessment enables you to take a systematic approach to developing knowledge about a new or upgraded telehealth technology that would impact nursing practice. The needs assessment also identifies assessment work that may already have been completed and any gaps that still exist and must be addressed. The goals of completing the needs assessment are to:

    1. Identify gaps in practice that must be addressed to improve patient care.
    2. Understand the nature and scope of needed changes and identify associated opportunities and challenges.
    3. Enable a thoughtful and systematic approach to change implementation and management.
    4. This assessment provides an opportunity for you to work through the needs assessment process and present your findings in a way that will help you gain the support of executive leaders.Note: Your needs assessment will provide the basis for the remaining assessments in this course.Preparation
      Telehealth technology can be representative of many different scenarios. For example, the technology could be designed to assist nurses with providing care, such as chronic disease management, to rural patients. It could also be designed to enable physicians to access enhanced care strategies from other providers in another part of the United States, or internationally. Such care strategies might include radiology readings or assistance in an operating room with a new procedure.For this assessment and all remaining assessments, choose any new or upgraded telehealth technology that you would like to see implemented in your organization or practice setting. Be creative and imagine what it would be like to have any telehealth resources that would benefit your community. Then, imagine that executive leaders in your organization or practice setting are considering the purchase of those resources to improve the quality of care provided to patients and enable medical and nursing staff to extend coverage for patients in the region.Finally, as a nurse leader with responsibilities in upper management, imagine that you have been asked to determine whether this purchase will adequately address key issues in patient care and lead to improved outcomes.To prepare for the assessment, you are encouraged to reflect on performance gaps in your organization, what outcomes are measured, and how telehealth technologies can help to improve outcomes. Also, consider how you would effectively communicate the need for a new or upgraded technology to executive leaders in a way that will help you obtain their support. In addition, you may wish to:
    • Review the assessment instructions and scoring guide to ensure that you understand the work you will be asked to complete.
    • Review the Guiding Questions: Technology Needs Assessment [DOCX], which includes questions to consider and additional guidance on how to successfully complete the assessment.
    • Note: Remember that you can submit all or a portion of your draft needs assessment summary to Smarthinking Tutoring for feedback before you submit the final version for this assessment. If you plan on using this free service, be mindful of the turnaround time of 24-48 hours for receiving feedback.Requirements
      Determine the need for the new or upgraded telehealth technology. Present your findings and recommendations in an executive summary. Include any available assessments and gap analyses that may have been conducted previously.Complete the Vila Health: Preparing for a Technology Needs Assessment simulation. Vila Health is a virtual environment that simulates a real-world health care system. In the various Vila Health scenarios, you will apply professional strategies, practice skills, and build competencies that you can apply to your coursework and in your career. The information you gather in this scenario will help you to complete the assessment.The executive summary requirements, outlined below, correspond to the grading criteria in the Technology Needs Assessment Scoring Guide, so be sure to address each point. Read the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed. The Guiding Questions: Technology Needs Assessment document linked above provides additional considerations that may be helpful in completing your assessment. In addition, be sure to note the requirements below for document format and length and for citing supporting evidence.
    • Explain the relevance and importance of a needs assessment.
    • Identify the key issues in nursing care affecting patient outcomes that the new or upgraded telehealth technology will address.
    • Identify the safety requirements and regulatory considerations when using this technology.
    • Identify the patient confidentiality and privacy protections that this technology must address.
    • Describe the potential impact of internal and external stakeholders and end users on the acquisition of this technology.
    • Support assertions, arguments, conclusions, and recommendations with relevant and credible evidence.
    • Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
    • Document Format and Length
      Format your executive summary using APA style.
    • Use the APA Style Paper Template [DOCX]. An APA Style Paper Tutorial is also provided to help you in writing and formatting your executive summary. Be sure to include:     
      • A title page and references page. An abstract is not required.
      • A running head on all pages.
      • Appropriate level 1 section headings.
    • Your executive summary should be 3-4 pages in length, not including the title page and references page.
    • Supporting Evidence
      Cite at least five credible sources from peer-reviewed journals or professional industry publications to support your implementation plan.Additional Requirements
      Proofread your executive summary before you submit it to minimize errors that could distract readers and make it more difficult for them to focus on the substance of your analysis.Portfolio Prompt: You may choose to save your executive summary to your ePortfolio.Competencies Measured
      By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
    • Competency 1: Evaluate technologies used to gather patient data; inform diagnoses; and enhance care quality, safety, and outcomes.     
      • Explain the relevance and importance of a needs assessment.
      • Identify the safety requirements and regulatory considerations when using a new or upgraded telehealth technology.
    • Competency 2: Develop a collaborative technology integration strategy.     
      • Describe the potential impact of internal and external stakeholders and end users on the acquisition of a new or upgraded telehealth technology.
    • Competency 3: Develop a strategy for managing technology use that enhances patient care and organizational effectiveness.     
      • Identify the key issues in nursing care affecting patient outcomes that a new or upgraded telehealth technology will address.
    • Competency 4: Promote effective technology use policies that protect patient confidentiality and privacy.     
      • Identify the patient confidentiality and privacy protections that a new or upgraded telehealth technology must address.

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Annotated bibliography
Identify peer-reviewed publications that promote the use of a selected technology to enhance quality and safety standards in nursing.

Before you begin to develop the assessment you are encouraged to complete the Annotated Bibliography Formative Assessment. Completing this activity will help you succeed with the assessment and counts towards course engagement.

Rapid changes in information technology go hand-in-hand with progress in quality health care delivery, nursing practice, and interdisciplinary team collaboration. The following are only a few examples of how the health care field uses technology to provide care to patients across multiple settings:

  • Patient monitoring devices.
  • Robotics.
  • Electronic medical records.
  • Data management resources.
  • Ready access to current science.

Technology is essential to the advancement of the nursing profession, maintaining quality care outcomes, patient safety, and research.

This assessment will give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of how technology can enhance quality and safety standards in nursing. You will prepare an annotated bibliography on technology in nursing. A well-prepared annotated bibliography is a comprehensive commentary on the content of scholarly publications and other sources of evidence about a selected nursing-related technology. A bibliography of this type provides a vehicle for workplace discussion to address gaps in nursing practice and to improve patient care outcomes. As nurses become more accountable in their practice, they are being called upon to expand their role of caregiver and advocate to include fostering research and scholarship to advance nursing practice. An annotated bibliography stimulates innovative thinking to find solutions and approaches to effectively and efficiently address these issues.

Demonstration of Proficiency

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment scoring guide criteria:

  • Competency 3: Evaluate the impact of patient care technologies on desired outcomes.
    • Analyze current evidence on the impact of a selected patient care technology on patient safety, quality of care, and the interdisciplinary team.
    • Integrate current evidence about the impact of a selected patient care technology on patient safety, quality of care, and the interdisciplinary team into a recommendation.
  • Competency 4: Recommend the use of a technology to enhance quality and safety standards for patients.
    • Describe organizational factors influencing the selection of a technology in the health care setting.
    • Justify the implementation and use of a selected technology in a health care setting.
  • Competency 5: Apply professional, scholarly communication to facilitate use of health information and patient care technologies.
    • Create a clear, well-organized, and professional annotated bibliography that is generally free from errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
    • Follow APA style and formatting guidelines for all bibliographic entries.

Preparation

To successfully complete this assessment, perform the following preparatory activities:

  • Select a single direct or indirect patient care technology that is relevant to your current practice or of interest to you. Direct patient care technologies require an interaction, or direct contact, between the nurse and patient. Nurses use direct patient care technologies every day when delivering care to patients. Electronic thermometers or pulse oximeters are examples of direct patient care technologies. Indirect patient care technologies, on the other hand, are those employed on behalf of the patient. They do not require interaction, or direct contact, between the nurse and patient. A handheld device for patient documentation is an example of an indirect patient care technology. Examples of topics to consider for your annotated bibliography include:
    • Delivery robots.
    • Electronic medication administration with barcoding.
    • Electronic clinical documentation with clinical decision support.
    • Patient sensor devices/wireless communication solutions.
    • Real-time location systems.
    • Telehealth.
    • Workflow management systems.
  • Conduct a library search using the various electronic databases available through the Capella University Library.
    • Consult the BSN Program Library Research Guide for help in identifying scholarly and/or authoritative sources.
    • Access the NHS Learner Success Lab, linked in the courseroom navigation menu, for additional resources.
  • Scan the search results related to your chosen technology.
  • Select four peer-reviewed publications focused on your selected topic that are the most interesting to you.
  • Evaluate the impact of patient care technologies on desired outcomes.
    • Analyze current evidence on the impact of a selected patient care technology on patient safety, quality of care, and the interdisciplinary team.
    • Integrate current evidence about the impact of a selected patient care technology on patient safety, quality of care, and the interdisciplinary team into a recommendation.
Notes
  • Publications may be research studies or review articles from a professional source. Newspapers, magazines, and blogs are not considered professional sources.
  • Your selections need to be current—within the last five years.

Annotated Bibliography

Prepare a 4–6 page annotated bibliography in which you identify and describe peer-reviewed publications that promote the use of your selected technology to enhance quality and safety standards in nursing. Be sure that your annotated bibliography includes all of the following elements:

  • Introduction to the Selected Technology Topic
    • What is your rationale for selecting this particular technology topic? Why are you interested in this?
    • What research process did you employ?
      • Which databases did you use?
      • Which search terms did you use?
      • Note: In this section of your bibliography, you may use first person since you are asked to describe your rationale for selecting the topic and the research strategies you employed. Use third person in the rest of the bibliography, however.
  • Annotation Elements
    • For each resource, include the full reference followed by the annotation.
    • Explain the focus of the research or review article you chose.
    • Provide a summary overview of the publication.
      • According to this source, what is the impact of this technology on patient safety and quality of care?
      • According to this source, what is the relevance of this technology to nursing practice and the work of the interdisciplinary health care team?
      • Why did you select this publication to write about out of the many possible options? In other words, make the case as to why this resource is important for health care practitioners to read.
  • Conclusion/Recommendation
    • How would you tie together the key learnings from each of the four publications you examined?
    • What organizational factors influence the selection of a technology in a health care setting? Consider such factors as organizational policies, resources, culture/social norms, commitment, training programs, and/or employee empowerment.
    • How would you justify the implementation and use of the technology in a health care setting? Consider the impact of the technology on the health care organization, patient care/satisfaction, and interdisciplinary team productivity, satisfaction, and retention.

Example Assessment: You may use the following to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like:

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  • In a 5-7 page written assessment, determine how health care technology, coordination of care, and community resources can be applied to address the patient, family, or population problem you’ve defined. In addition, plan to spend approximately 2 direct practicum hours exploring these aspects of the problem with the patient, family, or group you’ve chosen to work with and, if desired, consulting with subject matter and industry experts. Document the time spent (your practicum hours) with these individuals or group in the Core Elms Volunteer Experience Form. Report on your experiences during the second 2 hours of your practicum.

    Introduction

    As a baccalaureate-prepared nurse, you’ll be positioned to maximize the use of technology to achieve positive patient outcomes and improve organizational effectiveness. Providing holistic coordination of patient care across the entire health care continuum and leveraging community resource services can lead both to positive patient outcomes and to organizational improvements.

    Preparation

    In this assessment, you’ll determine how health care technology, coordination of care, and community resources can be applied to address the health problem you’ve defined. Plan to spend at least 2 direct practicum hours working with the same patient, family, or group. During this time, you may also choose to consult with subject matter and industry experts.To prepare for the assessment:

    • Review the assessment instructions and scoring guide to ensure that you understand the work you will be asked to complete and how it will be assessed.
    • Conduct sufficient research of the scholarly and professional literature to inform your assessment and meet scholarly expectations for supporting evidence.
    • Review the Practicum Focus Sheet: Assessment 3 [PDF], which provides guidance for conducting this portion of your practicum.

    Note: Remember that you can submit all, or a portion of, your draft assessment to Smarthinking for feedback, before you submit the final version. If you plan on using this free service, be mindful of the turnaround time of 24–48 hours for receiving feedback.

    Instructions

    Complete this assessment in two parts.

    Part 1

    Determine how health care technology, the coordination of care, and the use of community resources can be applied to address the patient, family, or population problem you’ve defined. Plan to spend at least 2 practicum hours exploring these aspects of the problem with the patient, family, or group. During this time, you may also consult with subject matter and industry experts of your choice. Document the time spent (your practicum hours) with these individuals or group in the Core Elms Volunteer Experience Form. Use the Practicum Focus Sheet: Assessment 3 [PDF] provided for this assessment to guide your work and interpersonal interactions.

    Part 2

    Report on your experiences during the second 2 hours of your practicum.

    • Whom did you meet with?
      • What did you learn from them?
    • Comment on the evidence-based practice (EBP) documents or websites you reviewed.
      • What did you learn from that review?
    • Share the process and experience of exploring the effect of the problem on the quality of care, patient safety, and costs to the system and individual.
      • Did your plan to address the problem change, based upon your experiences?
      • What surprised you, or was of particular interest to you, and why?

    CORE ELMS

    Update the total number of hours on the NURS-FPX4900 Volunteer Experience Form in CORE ELMS.

    Requirements

    The assessment requirements, outlined below, correspond to the scoring guide criteria, so be sure to address each main point. Read the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed. In addition, note the additional requirements for document format and length and for supporting evidence.

    • Analyze the impact of health care technology on the patient, family, or population problem.
      • Cite evidence from the literature that addresses the advantages and disadvantages of specific technologies, including research studies that present opposing views.
      • Determine whether the evidence is consistent with technology use you see in your nursing practice.
      • Identify potential barriers and costs associated with the use of specific technologies and how those technologies are applied within the context of this problem.
    • Explain how care coordination and the utilization of community resources can be used to address the patient, family, or population problem.
      • Cite evidence from the literature that addresses the benefits of care coordination and the utilization of community resources, including research studies that present opposing views.
      • Determine whether the evidence is consistent with how you see care coordination and community resources used in your nursing practice.
      • Identify barriers to the use of care coordination and community resources in the context of this problem.
    • Analyze state board nursing practice standards and/or organizational or governmental policies associated with health care technology, care coordination, and community resources and document the practicum hours spent with these individuals or group in the Core Elms Volunteer Experience Form.
      • Explain how these standards or policies will guide your actions in applying technology, care coordination, and community resources to address care quality, patient safety, and costs to the system and individual.
      • Describe the effects of local, state, and federal policies or legislation on your nursing scope of practice, within the context of technology, care coordination, and community resources.
      • Explain how nursing ethics will inform your approach to addressing the problem through the use of applied technology, care coordination, and community resources.
      • Document the time spent (your practicum hours) with these individuals or group in the Core Elms Volunteer Experience Form.
    • Support main points, assertions, arguments, conclusions, or recommendations with relevant and credible evidence.
    • Apply APA style and formatting to scholarly writing.
    Additional Requirements
    • Format: Format your paper using APA style. APA Style Paper Tutorial [DOCX] is provided to help you in writing and formatting your paper. Be sure to include:
      • A title page and reference page. An abstract is not required.
      • Appropriate section headings.
    • Length: Your paper should be approximately 5–7 pages in length, not including the reference page.
    • Supporting evidence: Cite at least five sources of scholarly or professional evidence that support your central ideas. Resources should be no more than five years old. Provide in-text citations and references in APA format.
    • Proofreading: Proofread your paper, before you submit it, to minimize errors that could distract readers and make it more difficult for them to focus on its substance.

    Competencies Measured

    By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment scoring guide criteria:

    • Competency 4: Apply health information and patient care technology to improve patient and systems outcomes.
      • Analyze the impact of health care technology on a patient, family, or population problem.
    • Competency 5: Analyze the impact of health policy on quality and cost of care.
      • Analyze state board nursing practice standards and/or organizational or governmental policies associated with health technology, care coordination, and community resources and document the practicum hours spent with these individuals or group in the Core Elms Volunteer Experience Form.
    • Competency 6: Collaborate interprofessionally to improve patient and population outcomes.
      • Explain how care coordination and the utilization of community resources can be used to address a patient, family, or population problem.
    • Competency 8: Integrate professional standards and values into practice.
      • Support main points, assertions, arguments, conclusions, or recommendations with relevant and credible evidence.
      • Apply APA style and formatting to scholarly writing.

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  • Write a 4-6 page annotated bibliography where you identify peer-reviewed publications that promote the use of a selected technology to enhance quality and safety standards in nursing.Before you begin to develop the assessment you are encouraged to complete the Annotated Bibliography Formative Assessment. Completing this activity will help you succeed with the assessment and counts towards course engagement.Rapid changes in information technology go hand-in-hand with progress in quality health care delivery, nursing practice, and interdisciplinary team collaboration. The following are only a few examples of how the health care field uses technology to provide care to patients across multiple settings:
    • Patient monitoring devices.
    • Robotics.
    • Electronic medical records.
    • Data management resources.
    • Ready access to current science.

    Technology is essential to the advancement of the nursing profession, maintaining quality care outcomes, patient safety, and research.This assessment will give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of how technology can enhance quality and safety standards in nursing. You will prepare an annotated bibliography on technology in nursing. A well-prepared annotated bibliography is a comprehensive commentary on the content of scholarly publications and other sources of evidence about a selected nursing-related technology. A bibliography of this type provides a vehicle for workplace discussion to address gaps in nursing practice and to improve patient care outcomes. As nurses become more accountable in their practice, they are being called upon to expand their role of caregiver and advocate to include fostering research and scholarship to advance nursing practice. An annotated bibliography stimulates innovative thinking to find solutions and approaches to effectively and efficiently address these issues.

    Demonstration of Proficiency

    By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment scoring guide criteria:

    • Competency 3: Evaluate the impact of patient care technologies on desired outcomes.
      • Analyze current evidence on the impact of a selected patient care technology on patient safety, quality of care, and the interdisciplinary team.
      • Integrate current evidence about the impact of a selected patient care technology on patient safety, quality of care, and the interdisciplinary team into a recommendation.
    • Competency 4: Recommend the use of a technology to enhance quality and safety standards for patients.
      • Describe organizational factors influencing the selection of a technology in the health care setting.
      • Justify the implementation and use of a selected technology in a health care setting.
    • Competency 5: Apply professional, scholarly communication to facilitate use of health information and patient care technologies.
      • Create a clear, well-organized, and professional annotated bibliography that is generally free from errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
      • Follow APA style and formatting guidelines for all bibliographic entries.

    Preparation

    To successfully complete this assessment, perform the following preparatory activities:

    • Select a single direct or indirect patient care technology that is relevant to your current practice or of interest to you. Direct patient care technologies require an interaction, or direct contact, between the nurse and patient. Nurses use direct patient care technologies every day when delivering care to patients. Electronic thermometers or pulse oximeters are examples of direct patient care technologies. Indirect patient care technologies, on the other hand, are those employed on behalf of the patient. They do not require interaction, or direct contact, between the nurse and patient. A handheld device for patient documentation is an example of an indirect patient care technology. Examples of topics to consider for your annotated bibliography include:
      • Delivery robots.
      • Electronic medication administration with barcoding.
      • Electronic clinical documentation with clinical decision support.
      • Patient sensor devices/wireless communication solutions.
      • Real-time location systems.
      • Telehealth.
      • Workflow management systems.
    • Conduct a library search using the various electronic databases available through the Capella University Library.
      • Consult the BSN Program Library Research Guide for help in identifying scholarly and/or authoritative sources.
      • Access the NHS Learner Success Lab, linked in the courseroom navigation menu, for additional resources.
    • Scan the search results related to your chosen technology.
    • Select four peer-reviewed publications focused on your selected topic that are the most interesting to you.
    • Evaluate the impact of patient care technologies on desired outcomes.
      • Analyze current evidence on the impact of a selected patient care technology on patient safety, quality of care, and the interdisciplinary team.
      • Integrate current evidence about the impact of a selected patient care technology on patient safety, quality of care, and the interdisciplinary team into a recommendation.
    Notes
    • Publications may be research studies or review articles from a professional source. Newspapers, magazines, and blogs are not considered professional sources.
    • Your selections need to be current—within the last five years.

    Annotated Bibliography

    Prepare a 4–6 page annotated bibliography in which you identify and describe peer-reviewed publications that promote the use of your selected technology to enhance quality and safety standards in nursing. Be sure that your annotated bibliography includes all of the following elements:

    • Introduction to the Selected Technology Topic
      • What is your rationale for selecting this particular technology topic? Why are you interested in this?
      • What research process did you employ?
        • Which databases did you use?
        • Which search terms did you use?
        • Note: In this section of your bibliography, you may use first person since you are asked to describe your rationale for selecting the topic and the research strategies you employed. Use third person in the rest of the bibliography, however.
    • Annotation Elements
      • For each resource, include the full reference followed by the annotation.
      • Explain the focus of the research or review article you chose.
      • Provide a summary overview of the publication.
        • According to this source, what is the impact of this technology on patient safety and quality of care?
        • According to this source, what is the relevance of this technology to nursing practice and the work of the interdisciplinary health care team?
        • Why did you select this publication to write about out of the many possible options? In other words, make the case as to why this resource is important for health care practitioners to read.
    • Conclusion/Recommendation
      • How would you tie together the key learnings from each of the four publications you examined?
      • What organizational factors influence the selection of a technology in a health care setting? Consider such factors as organizational policies, resources, culture/social norms, commitment, training programs, and/or employee empowerment.
      • How would you justify the implementation and use of the technology in a health care setting? Consider the impact of the technology on the health care organization, patient care/satisfaction, and interdisciplinary team productivity, satisfaction, and retention.

    Example Assessment: You may use the following to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like:

    Additional Requirements
    • Written communication: Ensure written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
    • Length: 4–6-typed, double-spaced pages.
    • Number of resources: Cite a minimum of four peer-reviewed resources.
    • Font and font size: Use Times New Roman, 12 point.
    • APA: Follow APA style and formatting guidelines for all bibliographic entries. Refer to Evidence and APA as needed.

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Capella University Technology

Conduct a health information technology needs assessment. 

Introduction

Note: Each assessment in this course builds upon the work you have completed in previous assessments. Therefore, complete the assessments in the order in which they are presented.

Nurse leaders play a key role in the decision-making processes associated with the purchase of a health information technology and any subsequent technology upgrades and improvements. A thorough and accurate needs assessment establishes a foundation for evaluating the overall value to an organization of the various technologies that can be used to support nursing and improve patient care.

The needs assessment you will conduct in your first assessment enables you to take a systematic approach to developing knowledge about a new or upgraded telehealth technology that would impact nursing practice. The needs assessment also identifies assessment work that may already have been completed and any gaps that still exist and must be addressed. The goals of completing the needs assessment are to:

  1. Identify gaps in practice that must be addressed to improve patient care.
  2. Understand the nature and scope of needed changes and identify associated opportunities and challenges.
  3. Enable a thoughtful and systematic approach to change implementation and management.

This assessment provides an opportunity for you to work through the needs assessment process and present your findings in a way that will help you gain the support of executive leaders.

Preparation

Telehealth technology can be representative of many different scenarios. For example, the technology could be designed to assist nurses with providing care, such as chronic disease management, to rural patients. It could also be designed to enable physicians to access enhanced care strategies from other providers in another part of the United States, or internationally. Such care strategies might include radiology readings or assistance in an operating room with a new procedure.

For this assessment and all remaining assessments, choose any new or upgraded telehealth technology that you would like to see implemented in your organization or practice setting. Be creative and imagine what it would be like to have any telehealth resources that would benefit your community. Then, imagine that executive leaders in your organization or practice setting are considering the purchase of those resources to improve the quality of care provided to patients and enable medical and nursing staff to extend coverage for patients in the region.

Finally, as a nurse leader with responsibilities in upper management, imagine that you have been asked to determine whether this purchase will adequately address key issues in patient care and lead to improved outcomes.

To prepare for the assessment, you are encouraged to reflect on performance gaps in your organization, what outcomes are measured, and how telehealth technologies can help to improve outcomes. Also, consider how you would effectively communicate the need for a new or upgraded technology to executive leaders in a way that will help you obtain their support. In addition, you may wish to:

  • Review the assessment instructions and scoring guide to ensure that you understand the work you will be asked to complete.
  • Review the Guiding Questions: Technology Needs Assessment [DOCX], which includes questions to consider and additional guidance on how to successfully complete the assessment.

Note: Remember that you can submit all or a portion of your draft needs assessment summary to Smarthinking Tutoring for feedback before you submit the final version for this assessment. If you plan on using this free service, be mindful of the turnaround time of 24-48 hours for receiving feedback.

Requirements

Determine the need for the new or upgraded telehealth technology. Present your findings and recommendations in an executive summary. Include any available assessments and gap analyses that may have been conducted previously.

Complete the Vila Health: Preparing for a Technology Needs Assessment simulation. Vila Health is a virtual environment that simulates a real-world health care system. In the various Vila Health scenarios, you will apply professional strategies, practice skills, and build competencies that you can apply to your coursework and in your career. The information you gather in this scenario will help you to complete the assessment.

The executive summary requirements, outlined below, correspond to the grading criteria in the Technology Needs Assessment Scoring Guide, so be sure to address each point. Read the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed. The Guiding Questions: Technology Needs Assessment document linked above provides additional considerations that may be helpful in completing your assessment. In addition, be sure to note the requirements below for document format and length and for citing supporting evidence.

  • Explain the relevance and importance of a needs assessment.
  • Identify the key issues in nursing care affecting patient outcomes that the new or upgraded telehealth technology will address.
  • Identify the safety requirements and regulatory considerations when using this technology.
  • Identify the patient confidentiality and privacy protections that this technology must address.
  • Describe the potential impact of internal and external stakeholders and end users on the acquisition of this technology.
  • Support assertions, arguments, conclusions, and recommendations with relevant and credible evidence.
  • Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.

Competencies Measured

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Evaluate technologies used to gather patient data; inform diagnoses; and enhance care quality, safety, and outcomes.
    • Explain the relevance and importance of a needs assessment.
    • Identify the safety requirements and regulatory considerations when using a new or upgraded telehealth technology.
  • Competency 2: Develop a collaborative technology integration strategy.
    • Describe the potential impact of internal and external stakeholders and end users on the acquisition of a new or upgraded telehealth technology.
  • Competency 3: Develop a strategy for managing technology use that enhances patient care and organizational effectiveness.
    • Identify the key issues in nursing care affecting patient outcomes that a new or upgraded telehealth technology will address.
  • Competency 4: Promote effective technology use policies that protect patient confidentiality and privacy.
    • Identify the patient confidentiality and privacy protections that a new or upgraded telehealth technology must address.
  • Competency 5: Communicate effectively with diverse audiences, in an appropriate form and style, consistent with applicable organizational, professional, and scholarly standards.

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