Thursday, December 12, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal for Nurse Practitioners: Technology That Transforms Health Care Practice and Education

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal for Nurse Practitioners: Technology That Transforms Health Care Practice and Education

JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners is planning a special issue on the use of technologies in transforming the delivery of health care and education. The use of digital tools and the creation of a digital infrastructure to underline a learning health system are imperative to provide better care, lower costs and improve health in the United States.

JNP wants to feature the technologies nurse practitioners (NPs) are using and help identify leaders in these areas.

If you are using technologies in your practice or your educational program that are transformative, we invite your submission of an article to this issue, which will publish in late 2014.

The guest editor is Diane Skiba, PhD, FAAN, FACMI.

We are interested in any of the following topics:

Federal initiatives to promote the use of electronic health care records (EHRs) and health information exchanges provide multiple opportunities for practices to transform health care through such technologies as mobile devices, computer provider order entry, decision support tools or nursing documentation systems. The use of technology to facilitate transitions in care, medical homes and collaborative interprofessional team care are also areas of interest.

Another area of interest is consumer/patient engagement. For example, The Institute of Medicine’s focus on patient engagement in care decisions to achieve better

outcomes, lower costs and improve health lends itself to using technologies with your patient populations. If you, your team or your organization are using patient portals, supporting the Blue Button campaign and personal health records, encouraging the use of mobile applications by patients/consumers to manage their health care or handling patient-generated data through innovative technology, send us an article.

As a result of the dynamic changes in the health care system, many educators are using a variety of technologies to transform the teaching-learning process in the preparation of

NPs, especially interprofessional education. If you are using new and exciting tools (eg, EHRs,virtual worlds, telehealth, massive online open courses [MOOCs], gaming) in the educational arena, please consider submitting an article.

We are seeking feature articles (4,000 to 5,000 words inclusive) and brief reports (2000-2500 words) that describe the technology that you, your patients or students are using and the experiences you are having in which others might be interested.

Authors can also include links to websites, applications or demonstrations; video demonstrations up to 3 minutes; audio files; and multiple photos, forms, documents or figures

that illustrate the text.

Manuscripts should be submitted to by April 1, 2014.

Authors should consult the Guide for Authors there and use the Article Type “Special Issue—Technology” when uploading submissions.

Queries can be directed to Marilyn Edmunds, Editor in Chief, at

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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