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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary A. Curran, RN, PhD (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
Description: This book provides a guide to information systems and the related issues that impact patient care.
Purpose: This book is written "to help capture the experiences of professionals and organizations who are working to implement strategic information systems for health care. "
Audience: The authors represent an experienced panel of nurses and health care workers who are well qualified to write for their intended audience of nurses and other service-level managers.
Features: Content includes chapters that relate to systems that directly and indirectly support patient care: computer systems basics; clinical, financial, and administrative information systems; applications for productivity and human resource management; software and hardware selection; computer-based education; project management; maintenance of data integrity; and regulatory agencies. Overall, the individual sections are of excellent quality. There are, however, limitations in the depth and breadth of content that can be included in a book of this scope. Questions may also be raised about the limited focus on data and databases as underpinnings for all information systems. The tables and figures included in the book are relevant and clear, but their numbers are minimal. Increased use of graphic representations and examples would strengthen the reader's comprehension. There is a fairly complete glossary and the index is adequate.
Assessment: In spite of some flaws, this book provides an excellent overview of information systems and their relevance to various areas of nursing and patient care. It serves as a good introductory text for nurses and can certainly be used to support those involved in a system selection process.