Handheld Technology in Haiti and Beyond

Sunday, 17 November 2013: 3:05 PM

Tim J. Bristol, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
Educator, NurseTim.com, Waconia, MN

Learning Objective 1: Describe the need for portable informatics tools in developing countries.

Learning Objective 2: Explore strategies for implementing technology in developing countries.

Providing nursing care in a developing country brings many challenges, the least of which is accessing evidencebased

practice. The use of handheld technology has helped a number of African and Haitian nurses do a better

job at meeting client needs when there is no access to electricity, books, or even internet (all the necessites of

America's knowledge management network). These handhelds include smartphones and tablets that have been

donated and have been loaded with software that allows for quick portable access to essential information. Lived

experiences will be shared.