Course Objectives 1.1 Define the role of information technology in improving patient care outcomes and creating a safe care environment. 1.2 Evaluate elements of a health information system. 1.3 Analyze how clinical decision support systems improve patient safety and outcomes of care. 1.4 Analyze how consumer health informatics is redefining health advice and care. 1.5 Forecast upcoming changes in informatics. Information and technology skills are essential for all nurses to have, but especially for nurse informaticists. This assignment requires you to consider how information and technology connect to patient care outcomes and a safe care environment. Explain why information and technology skills are essential for safe patient care. Identify the baccalaureate nurse′s role in championing the use of information and technology to improve safety and patient outcomes. Provide examples of how nurses use technology to make health care-related decisions. Analyze relationship between the quality and integrity of data entered into a database and the resulting effect on the quality of patient care.