Joan Gallagher

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Demographic trends and service reform present healthcare providers with the challenge of developing appropriate resources to manage increasing numbers of sick and disabled older people. But these changes bring increased opportunities for nursing, and the expansion of the nursing role is crucial as health services strive to meet the changing needs of older(More)
Aromatase inhibitors are recommended for use by postmenopausal women who have estrogen receptor-positive early-stage breast cancer. They reduce local and distant recurrence more effectively than tamoxifen. Anastrozole (Arimidex, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP), letrozole (Femara, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation), and exemestane (Aromasin, Pfizer Inc.)(More)
A complete and accurate patient assessment database is essential for effective communication, problem identification, planning and evaluation of patient status. When employed consistently for point-of-care documentation, information systems are associated with completeness and quality of documentation. The purpose of this paper is to report on the findings(More)
In 2005, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's Nursing Informatics Task Force surveyed acute care providers across the United States to explore the impact of health information technology on the role of nurses and interdisciplinary communication in acute care settings. More than 1,700 healthcare professionals responded to the online(More)
The transition from paper to electronic documentation systems in acute care settings is often gradual and characterized by a period in which paper and electronic processes coexist. Intermediate technologies are needed to "bridge" the gap between paper and electronic systems as a means to improve work flow efficiency through data acquisition at the point of(More)
Since August 1996, the oncology clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have been using an in-house developed CPOE system to order chemotherapy for their adult population. While the pediatric chemotherapy ordering remained on paper until November 2003, designing the pediatric chemotherapy functionality into the existing CPOE product proved to be(More)