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Gaining confidence

June 12, 2013

Well I completed all of the reading and exercises for the first section of my Healthcare Informatics program and was ready to take the test. Now, having not taken a college exam for over 26 years I must say I was quite anxious about this. It was not like taking a CEU course and then taking the post test 3-4 times until you get the answers all correct. This was an actual college exam that was going to grade the knowledge you had gained over the last few weeks of reading.

I must say I was surprised once I accessed the exam to see how much I had retained from what I read. As an older learner I was prepared for some struggle. Did I use the book as I was permitted? Yes, but I found that I used it to confirm my answers not find them and that was a good feeling. I know that there will be struggles in this course and concepts that I will need to dissect and rebuild in my mind to be able to grasp them. However, I now know that I am able to grasp new ideas and content and use this knowledge, which will help me to apply it in the practical use of my job.

This was a day of firsts for me. It was the kick off of my first solo project as a “new” project coordinator and clinical informaticist. It was my first college exam on my quest to obtain my BSN and Healthcare Informatics Certificate. The first is often the hardest and sometimes the most rewarding and … it feels good.

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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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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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Roles of the Healthcare Informatics Professional

March 10, 2009

I found the information on the history of health care informatics and future roles of informatics professionals very interesting.

We have become so immersed in technology in such a short time. My husband and I were discussing last evening how when he decided to replace his computer 4 years ago we were keeping the old computer for the sole purpose of using it for games since that was pretty much the only reason I used the computer. He used his only to track his business on a very basic spreadsheet. We have since that time expanded to 2 PC’s, 2 laptops, a notebook and computer access on our cell phones. We use computers daily for business, communication, computation, finances and bill paying and of course computer games.
In reading the history of the evolution of computers it was surprising in many ways. We often forget that computer technology has been used for several decades, crude and massive as those first computers were. Few of the general public was even aware of their existence or use. We have since evolved to smaller, faster and more sophisticated computers. It is rare to talk with people who do not use computers in some capacity in their daily life. My father first began using email at 60 years old and enjoyed using the Internet until his death 6 years later. My mother refused to learn and at 77 years old is still fighting use of computers. She is constantly amazed at how common place the use of computers is in everyday life and does on occasion use them in the grocery store and doctors offices.  Computers are not only used in all aspects of my job but I use them continuously in my daily life. I can no longer imagine a life without them.

I found it interesting in reading these chapters how they talked about the eventual realization of Internet access on cell phones. In the 7 years since this book (Health Care Informatics, An Interdisciplinary Approach, 2002) was published Internet access on cell phones has become common place. As noted in Moore’s law the processing power of the transistor chip doubles every 18 months. Computer technology is advancing at an alarming rate making it difficult at times to keep up with these advances.

Of course all of this advancement has greatly changed to roles of the healthcare informatics professional. I have been at my hospital for 27 years. When I first came to the hospital we had an IS staff of 2, one for hardware and one for software. We now have an IS staff of over 50 with analyst, programmers, hardware implementation and maintenance and software developers as well as integration specialist.  Not only have the number of roles increased but the responsibilities included in each of these roles have greatly expanded.

In reading the information on standards as well as educational changes it is evident how these roles have expanded. The healthcare informatics professional must understand the needs of clinicians, patients and support staff. They must also be aware of the standards affecting all of the aspects of healthcare and keep up to date on these standards. There has been a great shift in the education of all healthcare professionals to incorporate the use of computers in the delivery of healthcare. In working on implementations not only with clinicians but with support staff I am often surprised at the capacity for staff to adapt and learn new systems. Even those who are resistant to change are able to adapt and make these changes.
The role of the healthcare informatics professional is constantly changing. This can be daunting at times however I find it also exciting. We are in the midst of a revolution of change and I enjoy being in the thick of things.

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