Talking About Technology*

Dr. Roz Seymour and Dr. Dee McGonigle


Seymour, R. & McGonigle, D. (February 2004). Talking About Technology* Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI). Vol. 8, No. 1. [Online]. Available at

Bar coding is continuing to evolve since it provides a means to minimize error. There is an increased push for bar coding to be adopted at the point of care to optimize its potential.

Bar Code Label for human drug products and blood.

The Food and Drug Administration has sent a final rule to mandate bar codes on human drug and blood products to the Office of Management and Budget for review and clearance. This is one of the last steps before publishing a rule in the Federal Register. You can view the proposed rule at

The HIMSS resources on bar coding


Choosing a PDA PDA.htm

PDA support

Nursing resources for the PDA

PDAs for healthcare

Electronic Health Information is becoming commonplace. As the Web continues to evolve as the new information exchange arena, lay people and health care professionals are given more tools and options to use this new medium.

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minneapolis and St. Paul have created a Web-based organizer for medical information ( This is an area where you can keep track of your family's medical conditions, immunizations, medications, insurance information, and much more, for free. You can enter and access the information anytime from anywhere as long as you have access to an Internet-connected computer. This resource or organizer is intended to reduce stress and hassle for parents.

The National Health care Quality Report from 2003. This resource is available on the QualityTools™ Web site. QualityTools™ is a clearinghouse for practical, ready-to-use tools for measuring and improving the quality of Americans' health care. It is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ( AHRQ ).

Academic Keys has a FREE service for the academic community.  Descriptions, links, addresses, and contact information for resources that you have developed can be posted online at the Academic keys web site. Resources may include textbooks, software, notes, etc. Share any information that is pertinent to higher education.

Web tools for learning is a one-stop resource for university instructors interested in the World Wide Web as a teaching tool.

LookSmart's FindArticles is a Web site that searches for articles in over 700 publications on the topic you enter. There are approximately 3.5 million articles available.  

Squeezing medical videos down the line is the focus of a team of researchers in the UK. They are developing a method to transmit medical video sequences across the telecommunications network efficiently and without losing important diagnostic information. If the work is successful it will permit doctors at smaller hospitals or mobile units to pass information rapidly to larger centers for expert advice.

Medline Plus Health Information provides a list of tutorials or interactive health education resources from the Patient Education Institute. Using animated graphics each tutorial explains a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorial.

Comprehensive Human Animation Resource Model (CHARM) using 3D modeling the project was completed in 1996.

Telemedicine and Portable Virtual Environments for Clinical Psychology provides information on virtual reality as well as freeware.

Nursing Management Issues and Tools

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A List of new and eclectic and informational links in Ambulatory Care, Chronic Care, Home Health Care and Case Management, Managed Care, Pediatrics, Health Informatics, E-Health, Telemedicne Distance Education, International Health, Humanitarian Relief and International Pediatrics. And occasional observations and comments on the use of technology in health care today and society.

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*All of the URLs listed here were retrieved on February 14, 2004 and reflected the content identified at that time.