This article will examine current healthcare issues and trends and discuss how an integrated delivery system can help address them.Among all of the complications and issues that hospitals and medical practices must juggle, challenges with technology and communications simply shouldn't be one of them. But tech challenges do happen, and far too often. We've partnered with Ascom to dig into these issues because they are among the many safety issues in nursing that decrease the quality of … [Read more...] about 5 Current Healthcare Issues and How an Integrated Delivery System Can Solve Them
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How can nurses help foster transparency in healthcare?I was very fortunate to attend The National Patient Safety Foundations’ Lucian Leape Institute's 8th Annual Forum & Keynote dinner on September 17, 2015 as one of the nurses selected to represent our organization. Lucian Leape is considered the father of the modern patient safety movement in the US. In 1994, he wrote "Error in Medicine" published in JAMA. This led to the development of The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) in … [Read more...] about Transparency in Healthcare
In medical career terminology, there are specific terms that are often used interchangeably. And while plenty of career fields have terms that people tend to mix up (for example, criminology and criminal justice), in the medical career field, interchanging can have consequences. Medical career terminology seems to be more confusing than most – probably because the average person, or student who wants a career in healthcare, simply doesn’t have enough knowledge. Two commonly interchanged terms in … [Read more...] about Is There a Difference between Healthcare Management and Healthcare Administration?
This post was created in partnership with Toyota. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Toyota.Healthcare facilities everywhere are struggling to do more with less. Patients are getting sicker and reimbursements are getting smaller. Even with new insurance laws on the books, many patients are uninsured or underinsured. Healthcare facilities have struggled to meet the rising demand of patients. For many healthcare organizations, this has created backlogs of … [Read more...] about What Can Healthcare Learn from Toyota?
We are excited to partner with Concordia University Wisconsin to bring you this post.I write frequently about the importance of continuing education for nurses. Although there are many courses focused on various aspects of nursing care, there are few focused on enhancing the writing skills of healthcare providers. As nurses we are often responsible for charting complex patient procedures, plans, outcomes, and progress. We are also sometimes tasked with creating proposals, writing papers, … [Read more...] about Free Writing Course for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals
As a self-proclaimed nerd and an experienced clinical informatics nurse, I’m the first to advocate for the use of technology in the healthcare setting. However, I can admit that being passionate about technology can sometimes make it difficult to see the forest for the trees. So let’s examine whether technology actually improves the care provided by both doctors and nurses and determine whether health informatics is a sound career choice. Let's start by looking at what is nursing … [Read more...] about Health Informatics: Is Technology Improving Healthcare?
Customer relationships management (CRM) tools are used in many business settings to keep track of important client information. Healthcare facilities typically keep track of patient-centric information in EMR or EHR systems. This is an appropriate place for medical information about the patient, but how do healthcare organizations keep track of other information about patients? How do they access healthcare information from other organizations? What tools are used to provide more personalized … [Read more...] about Can CRMS in Healthcare Improve Collaboration Across the Continuum of Care?
The Ebola situation has many in the United States at panic levels. We’ve already had several patients with Ebola on U.S. soil. We’ve already already had a death caused by Ebola. The media is spreading panic and is doing a terrible job at informing the public of any real facts.Mistakes have been made in this Ebola epidemic. For example, the hospital that released the Ebola patient stated the they did so because of a problem related to an EHR, but they later recanted. While I didn’t see it … [Read more...] about Ebola Facts and Checklist for Healthcare Providers (and Everyone Else)
Network scanning can really improve the workflow and user experience of nurse and other healthcare professionals on the front line. Let's dive into the benefits of network scanning.When I transitioned from working at the bedside to clinical informatics nursing I was thrilled. I finally had my own office in the IT department right alongside other nurses and analysts who did the work that made the hospital’s EMR stay functioning. There was a beautiful new computer, a high tech voice-over IP … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Network Scanning in Healthcare
My friend John Lynn (who is the guy behind the Healthcare Scene Health IT blog network) is really excited that he can finally help those who are interested in jobs in healthcare IT and informatics. Now HealthcareITCentral.com and HealthcareITToday.com will help connect qualified healthcare IT candidates with employers and of course healthcare IT employers with candidates. It can be challenging to transition into healthcare IT and informatics, but one piece of advice I often give nurses and … [Read more...] about Getting Into Healthcare IT and Informatics
The future of healthcare is changing. To so this is a scary time because there is so much uncertainty in the future of healthcare and nursing This is especially the case in the United States were the Affordable Care Act and the HITECH Act are causing drastic change in the way healthcare facilities and providers are reimbursed for the care they provide and the requirements linked to documenting patient care. Nurses have the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of the patients they … [Read more...] about Why Nurse Empowerment is Import for the Future of Healthcare
Guest Blogger: Jenna 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. However, the health care field is booming. The Center for Health Workforce Studies states … [Read more...] about Advice to High School Seniors Interested in Healthcare
Guest Blogger: JennaHealthcare 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 … [Read more...] about Healthcare and IT: New Tricks for the Old Dogs
This post brought to you by Fellowes. All opinions are 100% mine. As a healthcare informatics worker I am constantly handling personal data. It goes without saying that I know the importance of being able to shred your paperwork quickly and easily while ensuring complete confidentiality. Many offices will have a traditional paper shredder that can painstakingly be loaded a page at a time, but in healthcare IT that just won’t cut it. We need cross-cut technology and we need to be able … [Read more...] about The Powershred 73Ci Cross-cut Paper Shredder by #FellowesInc is Great for Healthcare IT
Accepting a mandatory flu vaccine has always bothered me. Personally, it frustrates me because of the many ethical and health-related questions. It's interesting that nurses are actually pretty divided on this issue. A large and vocal majorityThe flu is a terrible sickness to have. The risk of pandemic flu is a terrifying thought for most. If our global populations were to experience anything like the 1918 flu pandemic, it would certainly have drastic and deadly consequences.For some … [Read more...] about Should a Mandatory Flu Vaccine Acceptable Practice for Healthcare?