Key Takeaways

Key Takeaways: Guideline for Information Management

Publish Date: May 11, 2022

New: Health care organizations (HCOs) must align health information technology (HIT) with patient-centered care and regulatory requirements from the newly revised Guideline for Information Management.


  • NEW: HIT documentation systems (eg, electronic patient health care records [HCRs]) can be designed around and updated with criteria from statutes and regulations, accreditation requirements, and standards-setting bodies. 1.
  • NEW: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires HCOs to use certified HIT systems, which promote interoperability (eg, information sharing) that supports improved patient access to health information, health information exchange between clinicians, and public health data collection.
  • NEW: HIT tools that customize clinical documentation can facilitate safe and efficient patient care and reduce the potential for human error. Having perioperative nurses as key stakeholders in the design and implementation of HIT systems lends their unique expertise, leading to adoption of the most effective HIT tools. 2.1.
  • NEW: Providing initial and ongoing education and competency verification on the use of HIT tools supports the perioperative RN by providing information about full functionality of the tools and how these functionalities can support an optimal workflow. Constantly enhancing the tools and reducing barriers to their use can increase safety and time for perioperative patient care. 1.1.

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