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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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HEALTH CARE INFORMATICS – An Interdisciplinary Approach, review

June 16, 2009

A review of Health Care Informatics – An Interdisciplinary Approach – Englebardt, Nelson

Enclosed are topics from each chapter that were significant to me. I don’t know how well the graphics and colors transmit when pasted: HEALTH CARE INFORMATICS – An Interdisciplinary Approach Chapters 1-5 Chapter 1 focuses on Major Theories Supporting Health Care Informatics. Although several theories are listed in this chapter, I am defining information regarding the “diffusion of innovation theory.” This theory was developed by Everett Rogers to explain how individuals and communities respond to new ideas, practices, or objects in 1995. In addition, this theory is defined as, “the process by which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among members of a social system.” This theory provides a key role to health care informatics specialists as they assist others and organizations to maximize the benefits of automation with the technology. Five groups of classifications based on their response to change are defined as follows: 1) Innovators: the first 2.5% of the individuals within the system who are comfortable with uncertainty and above average in their understanding of complex technical concepts; 2) Early Adopters: the next 13.5% of individuals in the organization who are discreet with their adoption of the new change and are powerful because of their potential to be key leaders for the new idea. 3) Early Majority: the next 34% of individuals who are willing to adapt, but not to lead. 4) Late Majority: the next group of 34% that will eventually adapt to the new idea through peer pressure, but not because they agree with the idea. 5) Laggards: the final 16% of the individuals are resistant to change and come around because there is no other alternative. This theory and definition can be key to various areas of the health care continuum. Chapter 2 outlines, “Computer, Information, and Health Care Informatics Literacy.” The chapter identifies Health informatics literacy as, the study of how health data, information, knowledge, and wisdom are collected, stored, processed, communicated, and used to support the process of health care delivery to clients and for providers, administrators, and organizations involved in the health care delivery. I prefer the visual perspective of how health care intersects. HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS INFORMATION SCIENCE: WHAT IS IT? Chapter 3 “Understanding Databases” This chapter has a plethora of new terminology to grasp. I am going to focus on the anatomy (fields, records, tables). A database needs to be divided into the proper terms. First, a field is a vertical column in a database. It contains data that represent the same characteristic for all of the records. An example of a FIELD NAME or column heading could be Last Name. The horizontal data in the database represent records. In addition, the record contains the different pieces of data belonging to a given entity. The record is made up of a bunch of fields. A table consists of all the records. By structuring, the data in fields and records in a table makes it possible to manipulate and/or select records or fields based on specific data elements in the field. The following is an example created in Excel: ID NAME FIRST MIDT PROJ EXAM FINAL 123-43-3455 CARD SAM 65 70 67 67.3 124-77-8900 HITE HOE 87 75 90 84.6 123-87-8977 NUTCH JAME 85 90 95 90.5 123-56-7655 ROBB MIKE 85 80 90 85.5 127-89-6655 TWATE PAT 95 98 87 85.8 123-43-6677 WREN TOM 90 95 90 91.5 AVERAGES 84.5 84.66667 86.5 84.2 Chapter 4 “Supporting Administrative Decision Making” An important system term named within this chapter is decision support system. Decision support system (DSS) is defined as an interactive flexible, and adaptable computer-based information system (CBIS) that is specifically developed for supporting decision making related to the solution of a particular problem by utilizing data and easy user interface (UI) The components contain: User interface ; facilitates communication between the executive and the DSS ; Model manager ; accesses the collection of available models ; Model library ; includes a variety of statistical, graphical, financial, and “what if” models ; Databases ; provide clinical and financial data needed for decisions An important conclusion to DSS use in the decision-making process is to remember, DSSs are not immune to the environmental influences that influence the entire industry. In addition, with the growth in health care technology, it is very difficult to stay current with changes without a multidisciplinary support of team members within the organization. Chapter 5 “Supporting Clinical Decision Making” The processes and outcomes of care can be improved with optimal clinical decision-making. Clinical decision-making is invaluable at all levels of the health care system. A clinical decision support decision is an automatic DSS, which mimics the human decision-making and can facilitate clinical diagnostic process, promote the best of practices, assist with the development and adherence to guidelines, facilitate processes for improvement and prevention of errors. Clinical decision-making is the core to promote “best of practice.” This system characterization is valuable because it provides comprehensive examination of how humans make decisions. Other systems are outlined and defined, but this one was invaluable for me to remember and use.

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