The impact of Health Information Technology (I-HIT) scale : the Australian results

Cook, Robyn & Foster, Joanne (2009) The impact of Health Information Technology (I-HIT) scale : the Australian results. In Saranto , K., Brennan, P., Park, H-A., Tallberg, M., & Ensio, A. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics : Connecting Health and Humans, IOS Press BV, Helsinki, pp. 400-404.


One of role of the nurse in the clinical setting is that of coordinating communication across the healthcare team. On a daily basis nurses interact with the person receiving care, their family members, and multiple care providers thus placing the nurse in the central position with access to a vast array of information on the person. Through this nurses have historically functioned as “information repositories”. With the advent of Health Information Technology (HIT) tools there is a potential that HIT could impact interdisciplinary communication, practice efficiency and effectiveness, relationships and workflow in acute care settings [1][3]. In 2005, the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community developed the IHITScale to measure the impact of HIT on the nursing role and interdisciplinary communication in USA hospitals. In 2007, nursing informatics colleagues from Australia, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and the USA formed a research collaborative to validate the IHIT in six additional countries. This paper will discuss the background, methodology, results and implications from the Australian IHIT survey of over 1100 nurses. The results are currently being analyzed and will be presented at the conference.

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ID Code: 31928
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Nurses, Communication, Information Technology, Information, Roles
ISBN: 9781607500247
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Health Informatics (080702)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 IOS Press BV
Deposited On: 23 Apr 2010 00:01
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2016 04:30

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