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ICNP® R&D Centre Ireland: Defining Requirements for an Intersectoral Digital Landscape

School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University, Dublin D09 W6Y4, Ireland
St Mary’s Hospital and Community Services, Dublin D20 DY95, Ireland
Irish Nursing and Midwifery Organisation, Dublin D07 NP8H, Ireland
Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit, Donegal F94 TPX4, Ireland
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Academic Editor: Sile A. Creedon
Informatics 2017, 4(2), 7;
Received: 17 February 2017 / Revised: 23 March 2017 / Accepted: 5 April 2017 / Published: 8 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nursing Informatics)
The apparent speed and impact of creating a global digital landscape for health and social care tells us that the health workforce is playing catch-up with eHealth national programmes. Locating how and where the profession of nursing fits with future models of health service delivery is critical to provide focused engagement for the populations they serve. In 2016, Dublin City University (DCU) School of Nursing and Human Sciences (SNHS) created a research and development centre for International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®) in Ireland. This paper provides a summary of the first year of the centre’s research, describing how the initial activities link to the development of global eHealth policy. A key aspect of service delivery relates to defining care requirements, specifically to support sustainable intersectoral healthcare. Considering how nursing-sensitive language (clinical terminology) is best mapped is necessary to articulate the care requirements and processes to achieve optimal patient outcome. The World Health Organisational Framework for Integrated Care provides a pathway for crystallising the steep learning curve that the profession has currently found itself situated in, to deliver on contemporary digital healthcare. View Full-Text
Keywords: ICNP®; nursing informatics; integrated care; eHealth; standardised; language ICNP®; nursing informatics; integrated care; eHealth; standardised; language
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Hussey, P.; Corbally, M.; Rodger, D.; Kirwan, A.; Adams, E.; Kavanagh, P.; Matthews, A. ICNP® R&D Centre Ireland: Defining Requirements for an Intersectoral Digital Landscape. Informatics 2017, 4, 7.

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