The Future of Nursing and Health IT

The Quality Elixir

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Disclosures

Nurs Econ. 2011;29(5):286-289. 

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The National Priorities Partnership

The foundation of the National Quality Strategy has its roots in the work of The National Priorities Partnership (NPP), a coalition of 48 organizations convened by the National Quality Forum. The original work of the NPP produced Aligning Our Efforts to Transform America's Healthcare in 2008 to impress upon the nation the need to fundamentally change the way we deliver care in order to achieve greater safety, better outcomes, and greater efficiency. The NPP (2011) recommended priorities and goals for the Secretary's National Strategy with the greatest potential to reduce disparities, harm, and waste in the health care system. They identified eight priority areas: patient and family engagement, population health, safety, care coordination, palliative and end of life care, equitable access, eliminating overuse of care, and infrastructure supports.

In October 2009, the American Nurses Association and the National Quality Forum convened a workshop with interprofessional health experts and representatives of 19 nursing organizations to articulate the nursing profession's role in achieving the priorities and goals of the NPP (Jennings & Lamb, 2010). Part of the action plan for nursing focused on the role of health IT in support of evidence-based practice, quality measurement and reporting, and increased efficiency and effectiveness in workflow redesign. They deemed health IT as the "steel thread" running through the national priorities, and underscored the belief technology is not an endpoint, but a tool to advance quality. The future goals for health IT focused on advancing use of clinical decision support, real-time capture of data for quality measures, and building the evidence base for practice.

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