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HIT Resources

AFT Resources

Healthwire coverage

March/April 2010—“Health IT: Our voice, our work”

May/June 2010—“Computerized records improve care, nurses say”

July/August 2010—“Real Pro: Bridging the technological gap”


AFT Best Practices Statement (resolution)

Policy Recommendations

American Academy of Nursing Statement on Meaningful Use of HIT. Outlines critical needs of the interdisciplinary team and a matrix outlining roles for various professions in the design and implementation process.

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Website provides links to committees and reports shaping federal policy on HIT.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (2009). Charting Nursing’s Future: Addressing the Quality & Safety Gap—Part II: How Nurses Are Shaping, and Being Shaped by, Health Information Technologies. Brief overview of nursing and HIT. Download the PDF.

HIT Bibliography

HIT Benefits

Dansky, K., Bowles, K., & Britt, T. (1999). Nurses’ Responses to Telemedicine in Home Healthcare. Journal of Healthcare Information Management, 13(4), 25-36.

Hakes, B., & Whittington, J. (2008). Assessing the Impact of an Electronic Medical Record on Nurse Documentation Time. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 26(4), 234-241.

Hillestad, R., Bigelow, J., Bower, A., Girosi, F., Meili, R., Scoville, R., & Taylor, R. (n.d.). (2005). Can Electronic Medical Record Systems Transform Health Care? Potential Health Benefits, Savings, and Costs. Health Affairs, 24(5), 1103-1117.

Hurley, A., Bane, A., Fotakis, S., Duffy, M., Sevigny, A., Poon, E., & Ghandi, T. (2007). Nurses’ Satisfaction with Medication Administration Point-of-Care Technology. Journal of Nursing Administration, 37(7/8), 343-349.'_satisfaction_with_medication_administration_point-of-care_technology.

O'Malley, A., Grossman, J., Cohen, G., Kemper, N., & Pham, H. (2009, December 29). Are Electronic Medical Records Helpful for Care Coordination? Experiences of Physician Practices - The Commonwealth Fund. Springer Link. Retrieved from

Rutherford, M. (2008, January 1). Standardized Nursing Language: What Does It Mean for Nursing Practice? The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Retrieved from

Schiff, G., & Bates, D. (2010). Can Electronic Clinical Documentation Help Prevent Diagnostic Errors? The New England Journal of Medicine, 362(12), 1066-1069.

Spetz, J. and Phibbs, C. 2006-06-04 "The Effect of Information Technology on Nurses and Patients in the Veterans Health Administration" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Economics of Population Health: Inaugural Conference of the American Society of Health Economists, TBA, Madison, WI, USA.

hStatCom. 2009 National Survey on the Impact of Technology in Healthcare Reform. 2009,-according-to-2009-survey.aspx.

Thompson, D., Johnson, P., & Spurr, C. (2009). The Impact of Electronic Medical Records on Nursing Efficiency. Journal of Nursing Administration, 39(10), 444-451.

Thouin, M. (2008). The effect of information technology investment on firm-level performance in the health care industry. Health Care Management Review, 33(1), 60-68.

HIT Background/Overview

Darr, A. et al., “Physicians’ and Nurses’ Reactions to Electronic Medical Records: Managerial and Occupational Implications.” Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 17, No. 5, 2003, pp. 349-359.

D’Avolio, L., “Electronic Medical Records at a Crossroads: Impetus for Change or Missed Opportunity?” JAMA, Vol. 302, No. 10, September 9, 2009, pp. 1109-1110.

Halley, E. et al., “Nurses Exchanging Information: Understanding Electronic Health Record Standards and Interoperability.” Urologic Nursing, Vol. 29, No. 5, September/October 2009, pp. 305-313.

Koppel, R. “Workarounds to Barcode Medication Administration Systems: Their Occurrences, Causes, and Threats to Patient Safety.” Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Vol. 15, No. 4, July/August 2008.

Sidorov, J., “It Ain’t Necessarily So: The Electronic Health Record and the Unlikely Prospect of Reducing Health Care Costs.” Health Affairs, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2006, 1079-1085.

HIT System Consideration

Ash, J., Berg, M., & Coiera, E. (2004). Some Unintended Consequences of Information Technology in Health Care: The Nature of Patient Care Information System-related Errors. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 11(2), 104-112.

Gurses, A., Xiao, Y., & Hu, P. (2009). User-designed Information Tools to Support Communication and Care Coordination in a Trauma Hospital. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 42(4), 667-677.

Harrison, M., Koppel, R., & Bar-Lev, S. (2007). Unintended Consequences of Information Technologies in Health Care—an Interactive Sociotechnical Analysis. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 14, 542-549.

Poon, E., Cusack, C., & McGowan, J. (2009). Evaluating Healthcare Information Technology Outside of Academia: Observations from the National Resource Center for Healthcare Information Technology at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Journal of the American Informatics Association, 16(5), 631-636.

Sittig, D., Singh, H. (2009) Eight Rights of Safe Electronic Health Record Use. JAMA, 302(10), 1111-1113.

HIT Implementation

American Hospital Association. “The Road to Meaningful Use: What It Takes to Implement Electronic Health Record Systems in Hospitals.” Trendwatch April 2010.

McCarthy, C., and Eastman, D., Change Management Strategies for an Effective EMR Implementation.  HIMSS, USA, 2010.

Spetz, J., and D. Keane. “Information Technology Implementation in a Rural Hospital: A Cautionary Tale.” Journal of Healthcare Management 54:5 September/October 2009, 337-348.

Video Interviews

End-Users (Vermont FNHP members)

IT Expert (Dawn Thomas, UConn Health Center)

Privacy Considerations (Dan McNeil, AFT Legal Department)

HIPAA and FERPA laws (Dan McNeil, AFT Legal Department)