Using Health Information Technology as a Source of Evidence-Based Practice

UsingHealth Information Technology as a Source of Evidence-Based Practice

UsingHealth Information Technology as a Source of Evidence-Based Practice

Healthinformation technology is used by health caregivers to develop theprovision of healthcare. Most of the clinical practice in the worldis set up basing on limited evidence probably in the form of obsoletepremises, textbook information untrustworthy case research studiesand personal or anecdotal experiences (Walshe, &amp Rundall, 2001).Electronic and other Internet information technologies havecontributed to a dramatic change in health care. Patients and careproviders can now access to wealth information freely at any timethey wish for. Rob Hayward noted that information overload makes thesituation difficult for healthcare givers to effectively integrateevidence into practice (Walshe, &amp Rundall, 2001).

12-hour shifts in the healthcare have become the norms, and most ofthe nurses prefer them. An individual can work for three days andhave four days off duty (Conrad, &amp Sherrod, 2011). This makessense on the surface, but the question is that, does work forconsecutive twelve hours in a high stress, a fast-paced, mentally andphysically demanding environment healthy? One can wonder again, doesit support a rational judgment, quick reasoning and reflexes, anddeath and life decisions that caregivers must make in a severe andcritical care setting? The above cannot apply to a real human beingsince continuously working for 12-hours will make their brainfatigued. To solve the above problem, patients should be involved inmanaging their health care through the use of internets to locateinformation concerning their health. Health workers should also beallowed to work for only eight hours a shift or less than to enabletheir brains to function rationally in a stress free environment(Abdelaziz, Kamel, Karam, &amp Abdelrahman, 2011). The applicationof the computerized charting in a healthcare has improved the patientcare because the basic challenges that abound during the shift interms of medications and errors currently consider that nurses have aratio of 4 to six patients for daily.


Access to the internet is needed to incorporate EBM into thehealthcare system. Moving EBM to the bedside with the use of wirelessappliances, however, is more difficult. Despite the fact that itseems reasonable that implementing EBM at the bedside with the use ofmobile appliances would lead to an increase in efficiency, a lot ofbarriers to the bedside implementation can be identified (Chaudhry,et al.2006). These are the major challenges to the implementation ofEBM in health care.


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