A nurse’s perspective on interoperability

Nurses use critical thinking to understand and plan for the needs of the whole patient, not just their immediate medical issues. So, prioritising nurses access to high-quality and real-time patient health information is critical in supporting them.

In the health arena, health data sharing is often discussed from the perspectives of an enterprise or clinician. However, examining data sharing through a nursing lens is also imperative.

Nurses use critical thinking to understand and plan for the needs of the whole patient, not just their immediate medical issues. So, prioritising nurses access to high-quality and real-time patient health information is critical in supporting them.

The interoperability regulations for Health Information Exchange (HIE) platforms aim to accelerate broad-based healthcare data sharing and appropriate information access. Promoting open system interfaces, restricting information blocking, and implementing other interoperability requirements promises to usher in a new era of optimised, consumer-friendly health records. 

But how does interoperability help a nurse working on the front lines of healthcare? What is the relationship between nursing and robust data exchange and management? How do nurses address the challenge of critical thinking about the care of individual patients while adapting to the healthcare industry’s near-constant state of transformation?

Read our recent whitepaper, A nurse’s perspective on interoperability, to explore these questions, and more. 

This whitepaper offers recommendations regarding the technology capabilities best suited to meet the needs of nurses on the front lines of healthcare. It takes a look into the expanding and evolving roles of nurses and offers a glimpse into some high-value nursing use cases that helps frame the substantial benefits of the right interoperability platform and the role of Health Information Exchange (HIE).

This is the first blog in the series. The next blog will look at “Viewing health data through the eyes of nurses”.