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Technology companies and policy makers tend to think only about physicians when they design and market technology products and training programs. But a new study suggests that nurses and physician assistants – not physicians – are the primary target audience for health information technology (HIT).
The study, released by Manhattan Research, found that advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), registered nurses (RN) and physician assistants (PA) rely more on electronic health records (EHRs) and mobile technology than physicians do.
Compared to physicians, P.A.s, APRNs and R.N.s:
Results from the Manhattan Research study suggest that policy makers need to reexamine how they view technology users, according to Healthcare IT News Writer Jeff Rowe.
“So here’s the obvious question for policymakers,” writes Rowe in a recent blog. “Based on these responses, are your programs, particularly those designed to train current and incoming medical staff, focused on the right people?”