3 Resolutions Every Nurse Should Make

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Nurses spend so much time caring for others that the often don’t have the time or energy to really take care of themselves properly. A new year is a great time to start some new good habits and maybe even quit a few old bad ones. If you want to live a happy life with a fulfilling nursing career then these resolutions might be just right for you.

Getting Into Healthcare IT and Informatics

It can be challenging to transition into healthcare IT and informatics, but one piece of advice I often give nurses and others looking to make the change is to learn about the career and what job responsibly it has. One great way to do this is to look at job listings, job requirements, and networking with recruiters and hiring managers to determine the skills and training you need to be a viable candidate.

Healthcare and IT: New Tricks for the Old Dogs

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Healthcare is one of the most important sectors of our economy. In nearly all geographical regions, the healthcare industry employs more people than any other industry.

Likewise, when it comes to technology, the healthcare industry is at the head of the class. Medical technology helps in many different ways, from CAT scans, ultrasounds and MRIs that diagnose problems inside the body or monitor an infant before it is born, to the computers that keep our information and data organized.

Grasp the Future of Healthcare with Google Glass

Google recently sent out invites to its first group of Glass Explorers and one of those found its way to me. Thalmic Labs is on the brink of releasing a motion control wristband that amasses salient medical indicators straight from the user. Scanadu has a device capable of capturing a full set of vitals in under ten seconds (a Tricorder X-Prize entrant) and ships soon. What are our plans for these devices? When combined under the new paradigm of evermed’s open source EMR technology, these three cutting-edge devices will mesh seamlessly into a Graphic Reference/Analytic Systems Pod, or Grasp.

3 Tips to Increase Staff Engagement in EHR Software and Increase Patient Satisfaction

Many nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals have to use a electronic health record systems. They often face the task of documenting on patient’s medical records begrudgingly and don’t appreciate the technology they are using. They feel that this time spent documenting could better bet spent with the patients. What many of them don’t realize is that the resentment they hold for for EMR (electronic medical records) can actually cause them to spend less time with their patient’s.

It’s important to help clinicians get the most of of an EMR and show them how it can help them better care of their patients. If healthcare professionals see the value in the system they are much more likely to be better users.

Meaningful Use – Fraud or Frenzy

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Robert Rowley downloaded the CMS data on Meaningful Use and did an interesting analysis in his article about EHR vendor strength. I was intrigued, so I downloaded the same data, created a pivot table or two, and did my own analysis.

As the CEO of a growing EMR business, I was curious to see how we did. What I found was quite scary. 74% of the providers who attested for CMS funds using our system were NOT OUR CUSTOMERS. Attesting for Stage 1, in some cases, only requires the provider to show they signed an agreement with an EMR vendor to install their products. Yet, I did not expect the results to be this fraudulent.

5 Full-Tuition Scholarships for its Master of Health Informatics Program

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American Sentinel University understands the numerous issues confronting health care organizations. As a leader in online health care education, the university is proud to offer qualified individuals currently employed by a health system or health system support provider located in the United States the opportunity to apply for one of five full-tuition scholarships in its Master of Health Care Informatics (MHCI) program.

Becoming an Informatics Nurse: Going Beyond the Bedside

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When I discovered nursing informatics, it was like a dream come true. I was completing my BSN coursework, and I began researching options to further my education in nursing. I realized fairly quickly that I wasn’t interested in most of the education pathways that many of my nursing peers were following. Somewhere in the midst of that research I stumbled onto “Nursing Informatics” and I knew it was for me. The stars aligned, the angels sang, and the fascinating world of healthcare information technology became my goal.

The Meaning Use Rap [Video] and a Little Nerdy Info about HIEs

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If you work in healthcare it is pretty likely that you’ve heard the term “Meaningful Use.” While many find it to be much more annoying than beneficial, I find that many people actually do not have any idea what it means.

The “Meaning Yoose Rap” does a great job of giving a general idea of what meaningful use is, what it does for patients, and how providers can benefit from implementing.

Nerdiest Hospitals for 2012

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The results are in and the ‘”Most Wired” Hospitals for 2012 have been revealed.

Many of these facilities are using advancing technologies and innovations in healthcare records to meet the needs of their organizations and pay particular focus to maintaining patient’s privacy.
The poll consisted of 1,570 hospitals and was conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.