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Healthcare Informatics Textbooks

December 15, 2017

The Fourth Edition of Handbook of Informatics for Nursing & Healthcare Professionals

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The Sixth Edition of Health Informatics Practical Guide for Healthcare and Information Technology

The Handbook of Informatics for Nursing & Healthcare Professionals is written by Toni Hebda with the help of Patricia‎ Czar. This book gives information regarding detailed health informatics to support students and professionals in the field. Intended to address the concepts, tasks, and skills professionals need to achieve the nation’s healthcare information technology goals. Health Informatics Practical Guide for Healthcare and Information Technology is edited by Robert E. Hoyt and Ann K. Yoshihashi . This book focuses on the application of information technology (IT) in healthcare to improve individual and population health, education and research. Learn more by clicking the books below: 

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Identifying National and International Standards to Benefit the Health Care Consumer

July 8, 2013

Standards help to define processes and methods. In the health care environment, the development and acceptance of standards to be implemented within the United States is slow. Lack of standards has slowed the development of an integrated delivery system within the United States, not to mention international standards. This is unfortunate in how it can affect the health care consumer. Many health care consumers have health care issues and experiences, whether it is for themselves, family, or friends, in different health care facilities nationally and internationally. If there are people, there will be illness and therefore health care is needed all over the world. Established standards, whether for electronic documentation processes or manual paper processes, would ultimately benefit the health care consumer by patient involvement and outcomes. It is commendable that there are standards development groups working at establishing health care standards to adopt nationally, as well as, internationally. The future development of electronic health records and other technological devices will continue to drive the need for standards and help prepare for future initiatives. The health care consumer of today is more knowledgeable of their personal health issues and also more responsible in their own care and outcomes. This is due in part by the requirement of hospitals and providers requiring the documentation of the patient’s current medication list. This is placing a responsibility on the health care consumer to become more aware and involved in their personal care of themselves or relatives. Along with the accessibility to health care information on the Internet, patient education departments, and other resources of health information, the health care consumer is becoming educated more than ever before. Health care standards organizations will continue the great tasks of establishing standards and perhaps there may one day be a set of specific standards identified within health care across the globe. With the vast developments of new technology, it will be interesting to be a part of what developments are accepted, adopted, and implemented as it relates to ones personal health care information.

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Impact of Technology on the Teacher and the Learner

June 18, 2012

The section on The Impact of Technology on the Teacher and the Learner has two very interesting points. The idea of encouraging our patients to use technology to seek information and educating them on how to find valid information is great. I have been in the situation where the patient has accessed information on their own and I helped them filter through details, however I had not considered encouraging patient’s to go on the internet to help
better inform themselves. I recently had this discussion with a preceptor of mine and she does encourage her patient’s to use the internet. She does specify to her patients to us either WebMD or E-medicine to help avoid them finding misleading information. I had never thought of encouraging my patients to access the internet, but I have seen the benefits on educating on valid web sites and empowering the patient to research their new diagnosis. This will
become part of my patient education.

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Informatics: Where in the World is Google Health

October 18, 2011

As a nursing instructor it amazes me how many students reference Google as a source for information. Students today are computer savvy. They can find anything they want on the computer. What I stress to them is the reliability of their source. At our school we have a list of approved websites that students can go to for research. You have mentioned emedicine and NIH as options. Students need to become familiar with websites that use evidenced based practice and that will help them with literature review. Some of those sites include: CINAHL, MEDLINE, Medscape, and National Library of Medicine. I find that if the students begin to familiarize themselves with these sites, then the skies the limit for their research. I want students to teach their patients everyday at clinical and being able to back their teaching with evidenced-based practice is the way to go.

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Computer-based Patient-education Program

April 12, 2010

Given the enormous financial strains on the health care system, and the time constraints of health care providers institutions are seeking to find innovative and cost effective ways of reducing tasks like patient education.  Leading health care centers, many dealing with cancer patients such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, have taken the first steps by using computer-based learning tools.  They have documented initial success in implementing an extensive computer-based education program. Their program consists of a CD-ROM education program, an internal interactive intranet site that contains education about cancer, has library resources, and Internet links, etc. for patients to access. 

The advantages are significant and health institutions everywhere are becoming involved with alternate methods of providing and reinforcing patient education.  Obvious advantages include the quality and consistency of the information provided to the patient, the ability to access education and information independently; provide training in the language of the patient, as well cost savings to the institution.  Disadvantages are the readiness and literacy of the learner, and the inability to interact with the patient at the time questions arise. Some would argue that the disadvantages are fewer than we currently experience, given the lack of caregiver time and consistency and quality of information imparted.

There is no doubt that we will continue to move forward with computer assisted patient education in much the same way as we have with our staff development and training.  Our institution is small compared to the major centers utilizing this resource for patient education.  However, we too, have embraced the practice of CD-ROM and computer based education at our Cancer Center.  Though manned by staff trained to educate patients, we have a resource center with CD’s, interactive patient education videos and an entire resource library for the patients to access.  The union of technology and patient education is upon us and, for the most part, appears to be a win-win situation.  Our challenge, moving forward, will be to find ways to reach and capture all patients, regardless of their status.

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Health care Informatics: data, information, knowledge, and wisdom

January 29, 2010

Health care informatics, as defined by Englebardt and Nelson, 2002, is the study of how health care data, information, knowledge, and wisdom are collected, stored, processed, communicated, and used to support the process of health care delivery to clients, providers, administrators, and organizations involved in health care delivery. There are many variations of this definition, all with ultimately the same meaning. The statement that effectively explains the importance of this field is by Hannah, Ball, and Edwards, 1999, that stated, health care informatics, is truly interdisciplinary. In its truest form it focuses on the care of the patient, not a specific discipline. Therefore, even though there are specific bodies of knowledge for each health care profession, they all interface at the patient. The increasing awareness health care organizations are developing towards the informatics discipline is proving its value. I realize it is an evolving discipline and will continue to progress and grow in correlation with technology and the electronic medical record. Information systems, information technology, information literacy, information management-information is all around us every day. Understanding how to evaluate the information available is critical to deciphering the true unbiased detail of the data. Although there is no control of the validity of data available on the Internet and the fact that there is an abundance of information, doesn’t necessarily mean the information on the subject is valid. Following criteria designed to evaluate information, will help an individual find and use quality information. Some criteria to use: is the source or authority reliable; is the data current; is it organized logically and easy to navigate; is it objective and free of bias; and is the data accurate and error-free. Developing a checklist and a form to assist with data collecting and decision making will serve as tools to enhance the evaluation of on-line material. In this age, information is plentiful. Understanding how to collect and process information is vitally important. One simply must be information literate.

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Patient Education, Computers, Internet; comment

December 28, 2009

I agree that the medical knowledge is much easier for everyone to obtain. It has made it much easier to provide patient education to our patients in the occupational healthcare setting. We simply go to a program called Dynamed and can quickly obtain the information we need, print the patient education flyers, and even obtain continuing education credit for completing the entire reading on the topic. This has made it very easy to provide concise, complete, and up to date information on a variety of topics. I remember 20 years ago in the ER, we had a "card" file on about 20 diagnoses that we gave to patients for information on their diagnosis. It was very generic and non-specific compared to today’s Internet information.

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May 27, 2009
Title: Patient Education, Computers, Internet
The Internet has made access to medical knowledge much easier for everyone to obtain. At one time the information was only available through books, available at the Dr.’s office, hospital library, or medical library. The information is now available to patients as well as anyone who wants to find more information on a medical subject.
At the click of the mouse, a nurse can find out if 2 medications are compatible in IV form. Before she would have to look it up in an IV handbook, if one was available, or call the pharmacy.
I find that some patients are more informed about their own health, and can participate in their own healthcare, especially when multiple disciplines are concerned. Patients can also look on the Internet and see if there are any natural treatments to assist in their care and then discuss them with their physician. When you pick up an RX, there is printed information about the drug with it.
The Internet has made it possible for many to obtain medical information to either help them as a patient or health care provider.

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Medical information and the Internet, comment

December 14, 2009

I totally agree with you regarding the medical information on the Internet. Have you ever tried to research a medical issue and found so many different sources that even as a medical professional, you don’t know what to trust? I have become very leery of the purpose of each site that I visit for information. Sometimes, they are just trying to sell something like vitamins. I have become aware of the need to check what audience that they are serving in order to determine the validity of their information. Another important issue to check when looking for information is the date that the information was provided since it is very important that medical information is up to date and not stagnant. I always suggest to my patients that they run the information about their diseases past their doctor to determine if it is appropriate to their own personal medical issues.

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September 25, 2009
Title: Medical information and the Internet
It is becoming increasingly difficult to gauge the reliability of health information on the web. Just until recently, it was extremely difficult for many people to search for healthcare information, but advances in technology, such as the Internet, are making it more accessible. Patient centered medical information on the Internet could provide healthcare professionals with the opportunity to learn more about patients’ and relatives’ concerns and to refer them to such reliable sources of information when and where appropriate. However, little has been done to assess, control, and assure the quality of this medical information that has flooded the web. Difficulty in judging the validity of this influx of medical information thus poses a problem for people using the Internet. The Internet can be a good source of information on common health problems, but advice obtained through the web should not be a substitute for routine care by a family doctor or other medical professional.

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Medical information and the Internet

September 25, 2009

It is becoming increasingly difficult to gauge the reliability of health information on the web. Just until recently, it was extremely difficult for many people to search for healthcare information, but advances in technology, such as the Internet, are making it more accessible. Patient centered medical information on the Internet could provide healthcare professionals with the opportunity to learn more about patients’ and relatives’ concerns and to refer them to such reliable sources of information when and where appropriate. However, little has been done to assess, control, and assure the quality of this medical information that has flooded the web. Difficulty in judging the validity of this influx of medical information thus poses a problem for people using the Internet. The Internet can be a good source of information on common health problems, but advice obtained through the web should not be a substitute for routine care by a family doctor or other medical professional.

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Patient Interaction with their Disease

August 20, 2009

Wouldn’t it be cool if patients who are admitted to the hospital for a chronic illness could be connected with an online program that teaches them about their disease? Maybe the patient could check out a laptop for a few hours and then there could be information given to them about their disease. Medications and the important information that goes along with them could be reviewed (this could be tailored specifically to the medications the patient is taking/will be sent home with). Also a little pathophysiology lesson could be given in an interactive exercise that reviewed anatomy and then changes at the cellular level due to the chronic disease. The program could then go into warning signs of an exacerbation of the disease and when to contact their health care provider or call 911. At the end it could talk about how the patient can work to control their illness at home. The program could include print offs of the medications and disease information. If the patient had questions they could take notes and ask their health care provider before their discharge. I think it is so important for a patient to feel that they can have control over their chronic illness. I think that if patients were better educated about their disease processes that hospital admissions/exacerbations would decrease. I firmly believe in educating patients about their illnesses and believe that a user-friendly computer program would greatly benefit patients.

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