Information Processing in Nursing Information Systems: An Evaluation Study from a Developing Country

Mahnaz Samadbeik, Nafiseh Shahrokhi, Marzieh Saremian, Ali Garavand, Mahdi Birjandi


Background: In recent years, information technology has been introduced in the nursing departments of many hospitals to support their daily tasks. Nurses are the largest end user group in Hospital Information Systems (HISs). This study was designed to evaluate data processing in the Nursing Information Systems (NISs) utilized in many university hospitals in Iran. Methods and Materials: This was a cross‑sectional study. The population comprised all nurse managers and NIS users of the five training hospitals in Khorramabad city (N = 71). The nursing subset of HIS‑Monitor questionnaire was used to collect the data. Data were analyzed by the descriptive‑analytical method and the inductive content analysis.

Results: The results indicated that the nurses participating in the study did not take a desirable advantage of paper (2.02) and computerized (2.34) information processing tools to perform nursing tasks. Moreover, the less work experience nurses have, the further they utilize computer tools for processing patient discharge information. The “readability of patient information” and “repetitive and time‑consuming documentation” were stated as the most important expectations and problems regarding the HIS by the participating nurses, respectively.

Conclusions: The nurses participating in the present study used to utilize paper and computerized information processing tools together to perform nursing practices. Therefore, it is recommended that the nursing process redesign coincides with NIS implementation in the health care centers.


Information processing; Hospital information system; Nursing information system; Evaluation; Iran

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