Public Health Nursing Program -
About the Program's Electronic Nursing Documentation System

Since 2002, the PHN program has used an electronic information management system (CareFacts™), in order to document nursing services provided. This application utilizes the Omaha System, a standardized classification system recognized by the American Nurses Association. The PHN program utilizes such information technology in order to link nursing practice, service data, health information and knowledge, pertinent to citizens’ current and emerging health needs. Program commitment to the utilization of information technology tools has supported: standardized clinical documentation; improved clinical management; public health outcomes measurement; and preparation for program pursuit of CHAPS accreditation. The program’s information technology experiences have been highlighted in state and national forums, including the recent 2006 American Public Health Association annual meeting.