Application: Adoption of New Technology Systems
Application: Adoption of New Technology Systems
I would like to thank you all for your time and patience. As we are aware, we are living with the confusions and extra effort created, by the way are handling patient health information as of now. In the current situation, our hospital is using a spreadsheet to maintain patient health records. In most cases, for those of you who are used to it, this may appear real simple and manageable but deceptively so. The data stored such has caused many limitations and discrepancies; hence we saw the need for an Electronic Health Records system.
I would like to assure you that the new system of EHR is far more easy-to-use, robust and efficient means as compared to the current system for health records maintenance. To understand how this new EHR is an advantage over the old system, let us look at this new system in terms of the following five aspects - Relative Advantage, Compatibility, Simplicity, Trialability and Observable Results. Rogers (2003).
Relative Advantage. Rogers(2003); which translates to the new EHR system being far more superior to the earlier crude and cumbersome method that we have followed for maintaining patient health records. This new system is not better just functionality-wise, it will be more robust and user-friendly and also create a better brand value for the hospital. It will be of great assistance to all of us, which means very less effort to populate and maintain the records. It will also be a central database of patient health information this offering innumerable advantages, especially when we are working together with several departments, thus saving them a lot of time and effort.
Compatibility with existing values and practices. Rogers(2003); meaning I assure you that the whole system end-to end with not change. The rest of the patient admission system remains the same except for the health record creating. The new billing system is already integrated along with the EHR thus making it seamlessly fit into the environment, can be sure of that. Also all the current data in the old system will be ported into this new EHR system that means that no older data has to be populated again, referred from another system, instead all the data will be ported and made available on the new HER which is a great advantage given your busy schedules.
Simplicity. Rogers(2003); meaning the new application is very intuitive and easy to use. However, I have arranges for several trainings that will ensure that the application can be understood by one and all. Also videos and user documentation will also be made available to the all of you explaining this system. Other than this we will have some handpicked nursed trained as experts who will handhold the team in making this a success.
Trialability. Rogers(2003); meaning I would propose that youvuse the new EHR system on a trial basis. The application will be made available with mock user ids, for a short while before the production version is made available to hold the actual data. Some sample health records will be already created to assist the each of you in the practice mode. Please do not hesitate to approach one of the trained experts for any assistance.
Observable Results. Rogers(2003); meaning we can make the uncomfortable questions for patients and their families go away as the new system will make it possible for the patients also to obtain properly collected and placed information through the communications they receive from the hospital thus increasing our professional value. You can clearly assess the advantage of the new EHR system during the activities like registration, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up which means the time, effort and errors during all these activities will significantly reduce and thus add more value to the hospital’s brand value, thus attracting more patients.
I would implore to all of you, that this new Electronic Health Records system needs to be understood as a more viable option, that offers a relative advantage, less complexity, compatibility with current systems, trialability for practice, and impressive observable results. These being the most important things relating to the work done, it goes beyond doubt that it is in everybody’s good interests to understand, accept and begin using the new system.
The role of a nurse in a hospital is a very crucial one, you act as the bridge between hospital administration, the medical doctors and the patients. This makes you pivotal in influencing many things that govern the hospital, hence it is imperative that the nurses team is the first team that must evaluate, adopt and accept the change for it to work at all other levels of the hospital. As we understand, change is the only constant thing, and a change for the better must be understood, adopted and embraced by one and all, as it is the most progressive contribution one can make to the system. I am greatly looking forward to your cooperation.
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