Guest Blogger: Jerome Stone Isn’t Nursing Stressful Enough? You’re a nurse, and your job is to take care of people, right? So, why does it seem that sometimes you have to spend as much time taking care of your “technological solutions” and EMRs as you do taking care of your patients? As if you don’t have enough stress in your work, do you also need stress over the high-tech of high-touch? Nursing is stressful, that’s agree-upon. In fact, worldwide the main challenge that nurses face is … [Read more...] about Stress and Technology for Nurses: How to Take Your Computer Less Seriously
Guest Blogger: Attorney Mary Beth Gettins Hospitals do a good job of educating on HIPAA policies, but there isn't enough focus on guidelines around HIPAA for nurses. With the focus on privacy and security, we have all heard a lot about security breaches, privacy violations, and what HIPAA requires. But, at the end of the day, how does it affect your job and how you do things. Here are a few dos and not to dos. HIPAA for nurses is an important aspect of nursing education that should not be … [Read more...] about HIPAA for Nurses – A Few Dos and Don’ts
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
Social media offers many benefits to it’s users. Nurses in particular have the ability to gain many skills that can improve their nursing practice by using social media. While many in healthcare fear social media for various reasons, there is greater good that can come of it for healthcare as a whole. The following are just a few examples of the many benefits of social media for nurses. Sharing Ideas and Focusing on Nursing Issues While evidence based practice should be the basis for … [Read more...] about 6 Reasons Why Nurses Should Use Social Media
Medical technologies have made a huge impact on healthcare. However, they're so commonplace that many nurses actually take them for granted as a routine component of normal medical care. But these tools weren't always available and it's important to reflect on how much easier they make our lives. Technology continues to improve the lives of patients and improve the efficiency of nurses and healthcare providers. Beyond complicated surgical procedures and implants, technology is helping on a … [Read more...] about 3 Useful Medical Technologies Nurses Often Take for Granted
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
One of the projects I am working on in my informatics role involved overcoming an interface obstacle between EMRs. We wanted to accomplish something that had not been done, but it theory we knew should work. We were told to not get our hopes up, but the software vendor agreed to make the changes we needed in order to facilitate our desire. And we did it! We were able to document on patients we were previously unable to. We had a small victory and no one seemed to notice. I noticed. I cheerily … [Read more...] about High Fives in Healthcare: Taking Time to Celebrate Your Victories