Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

ABRIL 2012 N° 3 Volumen 15

Information and communication technologies in health systems. A new challenge for the nurse

Section: Hands on

How to quote

Galimany Masclans J et ál. Las TIC en los sistemas sanitarios. Un nuevo reto para la enfermera. Metas de Enferm abr 2012; 15(3): 6-10


1Jordi Galimany Masclans, 2Montserrat Roca Roger, 3Mª Rosa Girbau García


1Enfermero. Profesor de la Escuela Universitaria de Enfermería de la Universidad de Barcelona. 2Enfermera. Especialista en Enfermería Comunitaria. 3Enfermera. Doctora en Ciencias Enfermeras por la Universidad de Barcelona. Oficial de investigación en Curas de Enfermería por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Contact address

Jordi Galimany Masclans. Departament d’Infermeria de Salut Pública, Salut Mental i Materno-Infantil. Campus de Bellvitge. Pavelló de Govern, 3ª Planta

Contact email: jordigalimany@ub.edu


At present, many countries are incorporating Information and Com­munication Technology (ICT) in their care processes, opening a new perspective in the management of health information. The importance gained by ICT is determined by the possibility to improve the efficiency of resources devoted to the health care of the population. In this process of change the human factor must be taken into account and regarded as a crucial element of the health sector, since despite the health workload and the level of demand by the people, a level of professional excellence must be ensured in order to advance in the implementation of ICT. Therefore, in this new context of care, nursing professionals have a key role, raising the need for specific training to enable them to respond to this new situation. The incorporation of information and communication technologies in health care involves a process of adjustment as well as a social structural change, both on the part of professionals and on the part of the users. This article aims to analyze the process of incorporating ICT in health systems and some of the most important implications this has for the nurses.


adjustment; effectiveness; Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)training

Versión en Español


Las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación en los sistemas sanitarios. Un nuevo reto para la enfermera