Posts Tagged ‘Health Care Communication’

Health Assessment for Nursing Practice

July 28, 2010

Many healthcare facilities currently utilize an EMR or an electronic medical record for patient healthcare documentation. This is also a tool to utilize and document health care assessments. The advantages on an EMR are numerous, and some of these advantages are communication of patient care data that can be accessed by many different healthcare professionals. This is an important factor especially concerning patient safety as healthcare data can be accessed to provide seamless patient care. This also provides access to healthcare information when the patient is unable to provide healthcare information as in an emergency situation. Another important factor is communication among healthcare professionals such as acute care professionals and primary care professionals or between the lab personnel and a physician. With the disadvantages, there are some, but the advantages of an EMR outweigh the disadvantages. Some of the disadvantages include continual updates of computer equipment and continual requirements of staff education which is a cost factor for healthcare facilities that utilize an EMR. Informatics and healthcare assessments can and are blended which is an asset to patient care especially with patient safety and enhancing communication among healthcare professionals.


Computer Assisted Communication

March 8, 2009

Computer assisted Communication. Communication is the process of sending and receiving information by a variety of means. Email is a common form of communication used in the health care systems. It can be sent to one person or a group of people. The person types a message, and instead of printing the message and sending it via the postal system, the sender click a send button on the email program and the mail arrives at its destinations within seconds. Internet conferencing is another method of communication for the health care systems. This happens when one of more persons interact in real time, receiving almost immediate replies depending on the speed of the connections. This can involve text, audio and or video. There is a leader who sets up the conference and sends out invites for others to join. This can be used as a meeting to vehicle to get people from around the work together in on forum to discuss the same topic together in real time. Video Conferencing involves a computer video camera microphone and speakers. Along with hearing the audio whatever images appear in front of the video camera are delivered to the participants monitor. Video conferencing can involve just 2 participants or multiple participants in conferences. My facility uses video conferencing to link the two hospitals for management meeting or to deliver other important information to the staff from our 2 hospitals simultaneously. We also use video conferencing for in-service training; getting expert speakers from different countries to do talks related to their fields in health-care the doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff. In computer assisted communication both the receiver and the sender of the message must have the appropriate hardware, software and connection to the network in order to communicate. Hospitals are networked. The network consists of the computers and related devices that are connected together for the purpose of sharing devices, programs, and data. There is the main Server, which runs user and computer software programs, stores data and controls network traffic. The Internet links the computer network using Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol communication standards.


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