If I had an opportunity to sit face-to-face with each and every nurse manager in the world I would tell them that eliminating paper and using computerized automated processes is the one great way they can improve patient care across the continuum. One area in particular where this can really make a difference is in tracking clinical competencies. Because if you want to make sure patients receive the best care possible the first thing that needs to be done is ensuring that nurses are well trained and competent to care for those patients.
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.
If you are a nurse practitioner, it means that you’re going to have to hire some more office staff to help you process the Medicare and Medicaid claims to make sure you get reimbursed for the treatments you offer. Hopefully, the number of new patients you see will equal the amount of money you’re going to have to pay out of pocket in expanded staff!
An often neglected measure in the nursing profession is standard precautions. This is evident from the fact that during the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of HIV and HCV victims because of accidental pricking of needles that were contaminated with blood of infected patients. It’s also fairly common for a patient to acquire an infection while being hospitalized due to inadequate or infrequent hand washing.
To the lay person, a nurse’s job may seem pretty simple: Nurses provide care for patients.
But the word “care” is a bit complicated. In a medical sense, it means to tend to needed procedures, carry out instructions from physicians, and do the clinical things that are required for an ill or injured person.
On top of all that scientific caring, there’s sociological caring as well. That means providing an equal level of commitment to the emotional situation, making sure that the patient and family members are coping with the complexities of their particular cases.
It’s fall, which means that high school seniors can no longer put off the decision about where to go to college and what to study in school. Savvy high school students are probably already aware that most four-year degree programs generate thousands of dollars of student loan debt per graduating student, and that many college graduates are having trouble finding work in their fields.
Network scanners are an excellent solution for busy medical facilities who have multiple staff members who need to scan documents. This enables more than one person access to the technology thus saving an organization money by reducing the need for multiple scanners. This also can help improve employee moral by allow the staff to complete their own work without having to rely on others in the organization to do all the scanning.
Medical assistants are often the first line of contact between the patient and the physician, and they work in a variety of medical environments, including hospitals and private clinics. On an average day, a medical assistant could check patients in at the receptionist’s desk, perform patient interviews and record medical histories, and organize patient files. From a clinical standpoint, they could perform diagnostic tests like blood pressure and respiratory readings, collecting samples from patients, and labeling and transferring those samples to the lab.
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.
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.