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HIT Overview

Overview

If electronic medical records and other forms of health information technology (HIT) haven't made it to your workplace yet, they probably will within the next year or two. HIT has the potential to greatly improve patient care, but whether it fulfills that potential will depend on who's making the decisions about how it is designed and deployed.

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Bargaining HIT

Bargaining

New technologies can radically transform how work is done—for better or for worse—and may change the union's role. The contract can be used to ensure frontline caregivers have a voice in the design and implementation of the new systems.

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Best Practices: The "Go Live" and After

Best Practices

Planning, purchasing, designing, implementing and managing technologies to deal with communicating about patients and across departments and settings is complicated business. The AFT has developed recommendations for best practices in how to approach the challenge.

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HIT in the School Setting

School Setting

Schools are the hidden care delivery settings in the United States, and are equally vested in the communication of information about the health needs and issues of students in their care. Using HIT to better manage those issues and needs is a valuable resource, and requires an extra measure of consideration about privacy.

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Survey Research

Resources

Results of a national survey sponsored by AFT Healthcare and conducted by Peter Hart Associates show deep division on issues such as whether new electronic health records improve the quality of patient care or reduce charting time, but strong unanimity on how the systems should be deployed to ensure their effectiveness.

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Resources

Resources

Anticipating, researching, purchasing and ongoing management of health information systems is no easy task. A compilation of resources on health information technology, including policy recommendations, journal articles, best practices, brief videos, and AFT newsletter articles are available to meet your informational needs.

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Nurses

The hospital where these nurses work went “live” with electronic health records last year. The process was anything but smooth. Listen to their experiences and their recommendations for how things should have been done.

AFT Voices

What impact has health information technology had on the work that you do?