The Registered Nurses´ Association of Ontario continues to be funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) and eHealth Ontario to implement the Nursing and eHealth Project.
The purpose of the initiative is to facilitate the nursing profession's involvement in the Ontario eHealth agenda and support nurses to take a leadership role in the adoption of communication and information systems in all health-care settings.
The Project will continue to focus on increasing the nursing profession's understanding of and full participation in Ontario's eHealth Strategy.
The current focus for 2012-12 includes the following activities:
- Build capacity related to eHealth adoption among nurses, and enhance the eHealth Champion Program with champions in organizations across all sectors and LHINs, targeting small and rural hospitals and mid and late career nurses, as well as among nursing students, nurse practitioners, and nurse managers. Align the Nursing and eHealth Champions with Ontario’s e-Health Strategy.
- Disseminate and facilitate knowledge transfer related to the Faculty eHealth Resource among faculty across all educational programs in nursing.
- Implement a strategy for integrating RNAO best practice guidelines (BPGs) in electronic health records (EHR) and other technology-based decision support tools through development of nursing order sets for each RNAO BPG and related nurse and client indicators, to foster technology enabled assessment, planning, implementation and measurement of client and nurse outcomes.
- Foster awareness of the relation between eHealth and clinical excellence and eHealth adoption among nurses through the use of a variety of innovative communication tools and strategies.
Nursing and eHealth Advisory Committee
The Nursing and eHealth Advisory Committee provides expert input and support to the project. Established in November 2005, the Advisory Committee includes nurses and other stakeholders with informatics and health system expertise relevant to the project.
Learn more about the ehealth project.