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Health IT-enabled Care for Underserved Rural Populations: The Role of Nursing

The University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson, AZ, USA.
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (Impact Factor: 3.93). 04/2009; 16(4):439-45. DOI: 10.1197/jamia.M2971
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ABSTRACT This white paper explains the strong roles that nursing can play in using information technology (IT) to improve healthcare delivery in rural areas. The authors describe current challenges to providing care in rural areas, and how technology innovations can help rural communities to improve their health and health care. To maximize benefits, rural stakeholders (as individuals and groups) must collaborate to effect change. Because nonphysician providers deliver much of the health care in rural communities, this paper focuses on the critical roles of nurses on IT-enabled caremanagement teams. The authors propose changes in nursing practice, policy, and education to better prepare, encourage, and enable nurses to assume leadership roles in IT-enabled health care management in rural communities.

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