Over the last two decades, the profession of nursing has experienced a range of technological advancements used to support patient safety and enhance practice and professional development. As patients and organizations continue to utilize technology for health-related purposes, healthcare providers must establish a deeper understanding of various elements related to the use of electronic health (eHealth) and informatics technologies in healthcare. To do this, a range of various concepts related to eHealth and health technology (i.e., eHealth, electronic health records [EHR], telemedicine, and ePatients) will be discussed in this chapter. Consumer applications of eHealth, implications of health literacy related to eHealth, and leadership in the utilization of technology for professional development will also be explored.
KeywordseHealth Informatics Nursing Patient Electronic medical record Electronic health record
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