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Managing the three 'P's to improve patient safety: nursing administration's role in managing information technology



Managing the three 'P's to improve patient safety: nursing administration's role in managing information technology



International Journal of Medical Informatics 73(7-8): 559-561



The Institute of Medicine's landmark report asserted that medical error is seldom the fault of individuals, but the result of faulty healthcare policy/procedure systems. Numerous studies have shown that information technology (IT) can shore up weak systems. For nursing, IT plays a key role in eliminating nursing mistakes. However, managing IT is a function of managing the people who use it. For nursing administrators, successful IT implementations depend on adroit management of the three 'P's: People, processes and (computer) programs. This paper examines critical issues for managing each entity. It discusses the importance of developing trusting organizations, the requirements of process change, how to implement technology in harmony with the organization and the significance of vision.

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PMID: 15246035

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2004.05.004


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