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. Nurses Should Resolve to Become More Empowered I’ve met so many nurses who feel beat down and bitter. They are angry with the way they are overworked … [Read more...] about 3 Resolutions Every Nurse Should Make
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Guest Blogger: Jenna As technological advancements continue to transform healthcare into an information-rich industry, CDS (Clinical Decision Support) systems are leveraging the digital process to provide a seamless infrastructure and flow of information. The systems are becoming the means of better collaboration between the healthcare provider and the patients. Facilities using CDS platforms in their approach are able to provide better prescription, diagnosis and treatment because of being … [Read more...] about Top 4 Clinical Decision Support Platforms Of 2013
Meaningful Use has pushed healthcare organizations to jump on the bandwagon and implement robust electronic medical records. This is an excellent push towards completely digitizing a patient’s medical record and allowing information to easily accessible, shared, and oh, yes, meaningful. However, there will always be information that needs to be part a medical record but it can’t fit into discrete data. Whether this is a patient’s insurance card, or past records that the patient only has on … [Read more...] about Network Scanning Makes Electronic Medical Records Work
Guest Blogger: Jenna 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 … [Read more...] about Healthcare and IT: New Tricks for the Old Dogs
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 … [Read more...] about 3 Tips to Increase Staff Engagement in EHR Software and Increase Patient Satisfaction
Many healthcare professionals who are less technical may hear the term health information exchange, but not be clear on what they are exactly. Technology education for nurses has always been several lacking, unfortunately. It's one of the reasons I wrote The Nerdy Nurse's Guide to Technology. In this article, we'll answer the question "what is a health information exchange?" Health Information Exchange Definition A Health Information Exchange (also known as HIE). The portion of the rap where … [Read more...] about What is a Health Information Exchange (HIE)?
Recently I had the honor of speaking at the MEDITECH Nurse Leader and Home Health Conference. For those of you who are not already familiar, MEDITECH is a leading provider of hospital-based EMRs (Electronic Medical Records). They offer cost-effective solutions to assist healthcare organizations with providing collaborative care across the continuum and meeting the requirements of ARRA and Meaningful Use. One of MEDITECH’s latest offers is a patient portal that is automated and tablet ready … [Read more...] about MEDITECH Nurse Leader and Home Health Conference
Many people do not realize there are differences between an electronic medical record (EMR), electronic health record (EHR), and a personal health record (PHR). I myself am guilty of often using the terms EHR and EMR interchangeably. There are, however, some defining differences that set these health and medical records apart. Wikipedia has this to say about the topic: The terms EHR, EPR (electronic patient record) and EMR (electronic medical record) are often used interchangeably, although … [Read more...] about Differences Between EMR, EHR, and PHR
If you are thinking about becoming a clinical informatics nurse (or one of the 100-or-so other names we go by) there are some abilities that will help you in your job. These are also excellent strengths to highlight during your interview. The ability to be proactive. With the even evolving regulations put in place by CMS and other organizations, it is important that nurses who make a career in healthcare IT make a point to be proactive. There is never going to be a time where we will not be … [Read more...] about 7 Tips to Be a Successful Clinical Informatics Nurse
When I was in the hospital one thing I noticed nearly all the nurses doing was scrambling to ensure they delivered all medications "on time." They also seemed terrified to even dream of pulling a PRN medication even a minute early from the accudose. This was one of the many examples I noticed of the nurses robotic behavior and the inability to thing for themselves and make decisions unique to my care. The scripts just don't allow for that, apparently. This really confuses me. In my years of … [Read more...] about Is Medication Timing More Important Than Good Patient Care?
The New York Times has has an article about Epic’s EMR system titled Digitizing Health Records, Before It Was Cool. Epic is only one of many large EMR vendors who produce software to manage patient medical records and other data related to the overall business and function of healthcare organizations. A few others worth mentioning are Allscripts, Meditech, Cerner, I.B.M., McKesson, Siemens and GE Healthcare. They all have their benefits and drawbacks. Most of them have similar challenges when … [Read more...] about Electronic Medical Records: Huge Profits to Be Made in the Push for Meaningful Use
Meaningful use is a buzzword in healthcare these days. Most healthcare providers have heard of it. A few know that it has to do with documentation and electronic charting. But even fewer actually know what meaningful use is and how it is touching every part of the care we provide. One aspect of meaningful use which will greatly improve patient care is the continuity of care document. What is a Continuity of Care Document? Continuity of care documents (CCD) is a standard in electronic … [Read more...] about Meaningful Use and the Continuity of Care Document
I've always been an advocate for my fellow-man. I expect the most out of humanity and do my best to remain optimistic in most situations, especially those involving innovation and technology. But it happens, more often than I'd like unfortunately, that my fellow-man disappoint me in their lack of effort to rise to a challenge. Nurses Are Human Too Unfortunately, nurses are human too. Well, it's not so much unfortunate that they are human, as much as it that humanity has flaws. We are not … [Read more...] about Integrity & Clinical Judgement: You Can’t Buy it at Walmart
It’s official. I've actually worked a paid full week as a Clinical Informatics Specialist. I have been on the job of a week solid and no one has called me stupid, wrote a list, or been incredibly annoyed by my presence. In fact, my boss actually came to my cubicle door and asked, jokingly of coarse, “You coming back tomorrow?” As if I would step out of the coolest opportunity I have been given in my career so far? Not likely. Clinical Informatics (working behind the scenes with documentation … [Read more...] about Clinical Informatics Specialist: Week 1, Project Managent
It’s official. I’m a Star Trek Nurse with the professional title of Clinical Informatics Specialist. Or well, at least that’s what my husband calls nursing informatics: “Star Trek Nursing.” Apparently my husband has the fantastical images in his mind of me working in hyperspace and using my hands to manipulate robotics and hologram interfaces to clone people and repair vital organs instantly. I’m not positive on this, but I think I would first have to be an astronaut and have traveled through … [Read more...] about Clinical Informatics Specialist: New Job and Tips To Become a Nerdy Nurse