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Implementing Electronic Tablet-Based Education of Acute Care Patients

Author(s): Tenita Sawyer, Monica J. Nelson, Vickie McKee, Margaret T. Bowers, Corilin Meggitt, Sarah K. Baxt, Delphine Washington, Louise Saladino, E. Philip Lehman IV, Cheryl Brewer, Susan C. Locke, Amy Abernethy, Catherine L. Gilliss, Bradi B. Granger

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Feb 01, 2020

Topics: Cardiovascular, Education

Population: Adult

Role: Educator

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Poor education-related discharge preparedness for patients with heart failure is believed to be a major cause of avoidable rehospitalizations. Technology-based applications offer innovative educational approaches that may improve educational readiness for patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings; however, a number of challenges exist when implementing electronic devices in the clinical setting. Implementation challenges include processes for “on-boarding” staff, mediating risks of cross-contamination with patients’ device use, and selling the value to staff and health system leaders to secure the investment in software, hardware, and system support infrastructure. Strategies to address these challenges are poorly described in the literature. The purpose of this article is to present a staff development program designed to overcome challenges in implementing an electronic, tablet-based education program for patients with heart failure.


  • Identify 3 outcomes for measuring successful implementation of tablet-based education into clinical practice settings.
  • Describe a method for preventing microbial cross-contamination when using technology-based educational devices between patients.
  • Discuss the roles of 3 multidisciplinary team members in implementation of technology-based patient education in the clinical setting.

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