Archive for May, 2013

Seasonal Allergies, comment

May 24, 2013

I do think having having thing available electronically is very helpful, but at the same time I do not.The doctor may read what you have written him in an email but may not completely understand it. It is good to have oral communication available if need. If he were to have a question, he could call you but having a person right there in front of you is much easier I believe. Everything is becoming electronic now and days, so I better start getting used to it.

Seasonal Allergies (April 22, 2013) Healthcare informatics [Blog Post] Retrieved from https://healthcare-informatics-resources.com/2013/04/22/seasonal-allergies/

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Community Health and Public Nursing

May 24, 2013

It is great to hear hard work actually pays off. Nursing school is very challenging and should be. We take care of patients, and the patients trust us with everything we do. We should make them feel as comfortable and confident that we all do out job correctly and that we as well feel confident in the work we do.

Community health and public nursing (December 5, 2011) Health care informatics [Blog Post] Retrieved from https://healthcare-informatics-resources.com/2011/12/05/community-health-and-public-health-nursing/

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Electronic Communication, comment

May 22, 2013

RE: Electronic Communication

My comment regarding Electronic Communication is that its a wonderful idea. Currently at my job now we are able to access the hospitals system to view the accounts of patient we are both servicing. This allows us to see there chart and why they were admitted into the hospital and what was done and so on. Its just so nice to be able to see the information our self rather then calling the hospital and speaking with the patients RN or case manager. The electronic communication really has made the process getting the durable medical equipment to the patient much faster. 

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The Role of the Health Care Informatics Professional comment

May 20, 2013

I agree that this is a very interesting field and one with a lot of potential.  The better able we are to harness the technology available to us the better able we will be to serve our patients and the unique medical needs.  We could also collect data on a large scale basis to help provide feedback on success or failures of certain treatments.

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The Role of the Health Care Informatics Professional comment

May 20, 2013

I too think that having an ATM card with your medical information on it would be very helpful in severe situations such as car accidents and such so they can identify you and make sure you don’t have any allergies to the medications. I would believe though that with these card, much like the enhanced drivers licenses, they would come with a sleeve that you put it in so that people can’t use the devices to get your medical records.

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The Role of the Health Care Informatics Professional comment

May 20, 2013

Having something like an ATM card that holds all information would be super cool. I bet it would save a lot of time and a lot of trouble in the doctor’s office/hospital/ER or wherever. But you’re right… the risk of keeping that it safe and not losing it would be super high. There is no way people would be able to carry them around without losing it at least once!

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Employment Opportunities, comment

May 16, 2013

Healthcare Informatics Resources. (2013, April 30). Employment Opportunities [Blog Post]. Retrieved from http//healthcare-informatics-resources.com/2013/04/30/employment-opportunities-in-healthcare-informatics/#comment-6586

It is great to read about most everything these days becoming electronic, but yet I do not know if I agree with this.  “The movement towards electronic heath records, clinical documentation, application integration, smart pumps, decision support tools, etc. has spawned companies, education, specialists, technology tools, and identification of security needs, among other things.” It is crazy to read about all of this but yet I am wondering what will all this electronic availability will take away from the working people, the people who need jobs. How much will everything cost and to keep it up and working? We will only find out by trial and error.

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Nursing And The Electronic Invasion, comment

May 16, 2013

Human Informatics Resources. (2013, May 3). Nursing And The Electronic Invasion [blog post]. Retrieved from: https://healthcare-informatics-resources.com/category/patient-bedside-care/.
My comment regarding nursing and the electronic invasion is that I finding it shocking that nurses have gone from paper to computer monitoring systems. I would believe that computers would allow for more mistakes and take longer for the nurses to get into the correct spot to put the information in.
Also in this blog it states that at her hospital they have 30 minutes before and after each medication time for each patient to document it correctly, then a report gets printed and the director looks at it and reads who was late for their times and they are posted. This would be very difficult if they are short staffed and there are to many patients to each nurse and they have a hard time getting all of the information put into the system because some patients take more time then others.
I am not sure if it the a good thing that nurses are put under so much pressure because if they are having a bad day and they are having a hard time inputting the information at the correct times it could make them even more over whelmed.

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The Role of the Health Care Informatics Professional

May 1, 2013

The future of the health care informatics arena is unfolding every day with the implementation of electronic health record systems and other technologies designed to assist with the delivery of patient care. The need will be clearly identified for health care professionals and providers to obtain the knowledge to use information technology effectively. Health care informatics is a rapidly developing scientific field utilizing computer technology. Determining how health data is collected, stored, and communicated and how that data is processed to assist in clinical decisions and how automated technology can be used in process improvements, will be a major focus for health care informatists. Some health care organizations are slow to understand the benefits of creating health care informatics positions within their environments. However, I believe the health care organizations will continue to discover the value in creating such positions. As these organizations move towards electronic health records, the need for these skilled individuals will become evident. I see the role of the health care informatics professional bridging the gap between IT personnel, administrators, and communication to end-users, and somewhat taking on the role similar to that of a business analyst. They will become the knowledgeable individual to make sense of all the business requirements, stakeholder needs, end-user perspectives, and areas of improving efficiencies; then being able to deliver this message. They must work in partnership with all those who support the endeavors of creating a user friendly, financially efficient, clinical decision support, health care system, and assisting with resolving issues. The health care informatists must be proficient in information literature, with researching technology and methods to incorporate into the health care environment. Health care informatics applications can be used to improve the quality of patient care, to increase productivity, and to provide access to knowledge. In summary, my analogy is that health care is synonymous with people; thereby, continuing to identify the needs of the health care consumer and providing all measures of keeping them safe, informed, and educated must be an ongoing priority. I believe the future of the health care informatist is going to exponentially grow and develop into an exciting area for those who delve into the middle of the technology pool, to decipher the best means of providing health care information, quality patient care, improving best practices of care, and improving operational efficiencies. It is difficult to summarize such an exciting field of study; however, I especially appreciate the following quote and perhaps this sums it up very well: “If physiology literally means ‘the logic of life’, and pathology is ‘the logic of disease’, then health informatics is the logic of healthcare. It is the rational study of the way we think about patients, and the way that treatments are defined, selected, and evolved. It is the study of how clinical knowledge is created, shaped, shared, and applied. Ultimately, it is the study of how we organize ourselves to create and run healthcare organizations.” – Coiera E. Guide to Health Informatics. London:Hodder, 2003.

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Why Standards?

May 1, 2013

We encounter standards everyday in our lives. From traffic lights, traffic signs, telephone key pads, keyboards, postal envelopes and paper sizes to the many areas of construction such as sizes of appliances, tools, wood, windows, and the list could go on. So, why are standards established? The term standard is defined as an established norm or requirement; it establishes uniform or technical criteria, methods, processes, and practices. Standards enhance the capability to improve production and decrease costs associated with creating the end product. By establishing standards this enables companies to increase workflows and efficiencies. When a customer or end user learns the rules or knows the standards, this allows them to become proficient and knowledgeable in the use of the tool or issue at hand. For instance, when a person drives to another state, the traffic signs and signals are the same or standardized across the nation. One does not need to re-learn traffic signs for every different place they drive. Established standards that are implemented and followed in health care environments increases the quality of care, workflow processes, saves the organization money, and ultimately improving patient safety and patient outcomes. Benefits and improvements affecting the delivery of care will be evident when standards are adopted internally by health care organizations, whether developed for the betterment of the organization or by regulatory agencies. Process improvements will be identified with the implementation of standards. Obtaining high quality data and information and maintaining the integrity of the data comes from using recognized standards. As the implementation of the electronic health record is an initiative and included in strategic plans in many health care organizations today, standards are necessary. Defining standards will assist in improving the extremely complex arena of health care data, information, and information management.

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