Nursing informatics

     Nursing informatics is known as the science that integrates information, computer sciences as well as cognitive science with the nursing process. Cognitive science relates to aspects of knowledge and the work of nurses during their decision-making and problem-solving processes. It focuses on how data and information are represented, processing, storing and retrieving in as a whole. It is also known as a science that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge in nursing practice to support patients, nurses, and other providers. Nursing informatics helps nurses in various positions including the administrator, educator, researcher, or even the nurse who cares for the patient in doing their tasks using the main principles of informatics.

For the nursing field to be able to meet their increasing demands of the health care system and patients being manage in today’s world and technological advancement it is essential that it maximize its use of the latest computer and information science technologies. The emerging field of nursing informatics blends the nursing, computer and information sciences to create a 21st century response to the challenges facing the health care industry in general and nursing in particular. 

Social media, web and mobile technologies are increasingly used in healthcare and directly support patient-centered care. Patients benefit from disease self-management tools, contact to others, and closer monitoring. Researchers study drug efficiency, or recruit patients for clinical studies via these technologies.

The phenomenon of social media increased importance in the private as well as in the public sector. It has many potentials  in healthcare settings enabling patient-centered care. Social media has been used to support patients, family members to promote health and establish wellness. Social networking communities and data sharing platforms support sharing experiences with conditions, symptoms, and treatment outcomes, but also enable to track personal health and be actively involved in one’s own care coordination. 

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