Understanding Workflow Design

Understanding Workflow Design

As you explored last week, the implementation of a new technology can dramatically affect the workflow of an organization. Newly implemented technologies can initially limit the productivity of users as they adjust to their new tools. Such implementations tend to be so significant that they often require workflows to be redesigned in order to achieve improvements in safety and patient outcomes. However, before workflows can be redesigned, they must first be analyzed. This analysis includes each step in completing a certain process. Some systems duplicate efforts or contain unnecessary steps that waste time and money and could even jeopardize patient health care. By reviewing and modifying the workflow, you enable greater productivity. This drive to implement new technologies has elevated the demand for nurses who can perform workflow analysis.
In this Discussion you explore resources that have been designed to help guide you through the process of workflow assessment.
To prepare:
Take a few minutes and peruse the information found in the article “Workflow Assessment for Health IT Toolkit” listed in this week’s Learning Resources.
As you check out the information located on the different tabs, identify key concepts that you could use to improve a workflow in your own organization and consider how you could use them.
Go the Research tab and identify and read one article that is of interest to you and relates to your specialty area
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For this week you should provide a summary of three different tools you found in “Workflow Assessment for Health IT Toolkit” that would help in redesigning a workflow in the organization in which you work (or one with which you are familiar) and describe how you would apply them. Here is the link to the AHRQ’s Workflow Assessment for Health IT Toolkit http://healthit.ahrq.gov/health-it-tools-and-resources/workflow-assessment-health-it-toolkit and a link to the specific tools https://healthit.ahrq.gov/health-it-tools-and-resources/workflow-assessment-health-it-toolkit/all-workflow-tools

Then you would select an article in the Research tab related to your topic, summarize the article you selected, and assess how you could use the information to improve workflow within your organization. Finally, you will evaluate the importance of monitoring the effect of technology on workflow.

On the AHRQ site, on the left hand navigation bar you will see a link to Research, here is the direct link

http://healthit.ahrq.gov/health-it-tools-and-resources/workflow-assessment-health-it-toolkit/research

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