Building your Virtual Network: Using It to Its Full Potential

Thursday, 15 July 2010: 4:25 PM

Kathleen Williamson, PhD, RN
College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation, Center for the Advancement of EBP Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Learning Objective 1: Identify the advantages and disadvantages of two social networking sites that could be accessed to build a professional network around a clinical issue.

Learning Objective 2: Discuss the technology tools that help or hinder the use of a virtual network to access resources and connect with other healthcare providers.

Information management and technology are essential in the delivery of patient care. In order for healthcare organizations to move into the information age, policies regarding resources available via the Intranet and Internet must be in place and these resources must be valued at the point of care.  Ready access needs to occur. The necessary technology tools need to be available to all healthcare providers in order for them to integrate evidence-based practice at the point of care, access sources of the latest evidence and other EBP resources, and network with other healthcare providers who are also working on the same clinical issues.  Point of care allows clinicians must have reliable, 24/7 access to technology that facilitates their evidence-based care delivery. Each provider then, builds her/his own network that addresses the clinical issues that are most prominent in her/his practice. Sharing information, strategies, solutions and ideas in this way facilitates ready application of safe, reliable interventions that bring about quality outcomes. This presentation will discuss technology available to build one’s individualized virtual network. In addition, identifying the best social networking sites that could work to connect healthcare providers with patients and/or other providers around a clinical issue will be discussed. Finally, the advantages and disadvantages of using a social networking to build a professional network, promote business and research will be discussed.