Ch 3: Basic Computer Software for Nursing Informatics

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Study this convenient online study guide chapter at any time to learn how computer software is applied in the field of nursing informatics. Inside, you'll find short lessons and quizzes that can help you prepare for exams, improve your grades or get ahead in class.

Basic Computer Software for Nursing Informatics - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive chapter breaks down the use of basic computer software in nursing informatics. As you work through this collection of short and simple lessons, you'll evaluate the functions and purposes of various types of software, including enterprise, systems, application, word processing, presentation, database and communication software. Take the accompanying lesson quizzes and chapter exam to solidify your understanding of key software terms and concepts. You can access the chapter at any time, and our expert instructors are available to answer any questions you may have. Studying this chapter can help you:

  • Assess the components and role of computer software in healthcare
  • Describe enterprise software, application software and systems software
  • Compare desktop publishing and word processing software
  • Recognize common graphic suite and presentation software types
  • Differentiate between various types of database and spreadsheet software
  • Identify common types of communication software
  • Understand the use of multimedia software for video and audio
  • Explain why business teams use workgroup application software
  • Evaluate the use of firewalls, biometrics, encryption and passwords in systems security

11 Lessons in Chapter 3: Basic Computer Software for Nursing Informatics
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Computer Software in Healthcare: Components & Role

1. Computer Software in Healthcare: Components & Role

This lesson will guide you through the major options for computer software in healthcare. The discussion includes components and roles for some of the higher functioning software available.

Enterprise Software for Business Applications

2. Enterprise Software for Business Applications

Enterprise software gives multiple users in different locations access to the same functionality. This central system ensures that information is shared across all functional areas and levels of management within an organization.

Systems Software: Utility Software, Device Drivers and Firmware

3. Systems Software: Utility Software, Device Drivers and Firmware

System software coordinates the activities and functions of hardware and software, and it controls the operations of computer hardware. Learn about different types of system software, including utility software, device drivers and firmware.

What is Application Software? - Definition, Examples & Types

4. What is Application Software? - Definition, Examples & Types

What is computer application software, and how does it differ from other categories of software? This lesson introduces you to some examples of application software and how they are used.

Desktop Publishing & Word Processing Software: MS Word, InDesign & WordPerfect

5. Desktop Publishing & Word Processing Software: MS Word, InDesign & WordPerfect

Word processing software is used to manipulate text and apply a basic design to your pages. More sophisticated design can be accomplished using desktop publishing software. Learn about the functionality of these two types of application software.

Presentation Software & Graphic Suites: Purpose & Examples

6. Presentation Software & Graphic Suites: Purpose & Examples

To make an impact on your audience, you not only need a strong message, you also need strong visuals. Learn how presentation and illustration software helps you make an impact when showing your work.

Database and Spreadsheet Software: Excel, Access, dBase & Lotus 1-2-3

7. Database and Spreadsheet Software: Excel, Access, dBase & Lotus 1-2-3

Spreadsheet software and database software are both used to organize and manipulate data. Each application has its own unique strengths. Learn about the functionality of both types of software.

Communication Software: Purpose & Examples

8. Communication Software: Purpose & Examples

You use communication software every day, from E-mail to texting. In this lesson, we'll review the purpose of communication software and provide examples of its use in modern systems.

Multimedia Software: Working with Audio and Video

9. Multimedia Software: Working with Audio and Video

Audio and video have become increasingly important in today's computer systems. Learn about how media players play back multimedia files as well as audio and video editing software to create your own productions.

Workgroup Application Software for Business Teams

10. Workgroup Application Software for Business Teams

Many activities in organizations are carried out by workgroups. Learn about specialized workgroup software that makes it easier for members to communicate and collaborate more effectively in this video lesson.

Systems Security: Firewalls, Encryption, Passwords & Biometrics

11. Systems Security: Firewalls, Encryption, Passwords & Biometrics

Computer systems face a number of security threats. Learn about different approaches to system security, including firewalls, data encryption, passwords and biometrics.

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