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Let’s Talk About Clinical Integration

Clinical Integration

Clinical integration is pretty amazing. It’s not quite an ACO, yet allows a healthcare organizations within a community to loosely associate in order to provide better care for their patients. These hospitals and private practices agree to share data about the patients they care for with one another and agree to practice by defined health initiatives. It’s a way to provide better care across the continuum and also allows for providers to increase their reimbursement.

This means more money coming into hospitals and physician’s offices, which means they can hire more nurses!

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.

The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology: The Book

The Nerdy Nurse's Guide to Technology Book

The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology provides the tools nurses need to improve their practices, further their careers, and solidify themselves as assets to their employers. Written with humor and easily digestible sections of information, this reference guide supplies nurses with the practical application tools they need to embrace technology and be successful.

Technology should be seen and used as an aide to delivering nursing care. If it is a barrier, then we need to break down those walls and make it useful for the care you give. Technology, like most things in life, becomes what you make of it. If you make it difficult and useless, then it will be difficult and useless. But if you make it prominent and valuable, then you might find that you not only experience increased satisfaction in your job performance but are a happier nurse overall.

What is a Health Information Exchange (HIE)?

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.

Differences Between EMR, EHR, and PHR

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.

What It’s Like To Be a Nurse and What it Takes to Become One [Infographic]

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When I was decided to become a nurse, one of the most appealing aspects of the career was the stability. Unless there is a Zombie Apocalypse, as a nurse you should pretty well be able to find a job somewhere. (And even in a Zombie Apocalypse, you’re gonna have one for a while… you know until they kill off most of society and you have to make a run for it) If nurses start becoming unemployed in large numbers that would certain be a scary scenario, with or without Zombie involvement.

Bomgar: Compliant Remote Support for Health Information Technology [HIT]

In terms of remote support for healthcare, Bomgar is an exceptional tool for those in HIT. Having a HIPAA complaint remote desktop support solution for your healthcare organization is key to future success. The audit trail will surely make any HIMS director happy. Your end users will appreciate having their issues solve more quickly and efficiently and reducing the need for onsite visits by as much as 90%! Your COO will be thrilled with the time and cost savings associated with improve productivity of your IT staff. And you will love having the tools to solve the problems and meet the needs of your customers.

Electronic Medical Records: Huge Profits to Be Made in the Push for Meaningful Use

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 it comes to overall function and impact on patient care. But most of them are also diligently working to correct their shortcomings.

i’mWatch: A Smartwatch to Improve Healthcare?

The i’mWatch is a revolutionart smartWatch that links to your smartphone via bluetooth and allows you to make calls, check email, tweet, and a multitude of other things right form your wrist. It seems simple really. This is only a step up from current technologies. We’ve just made it smaller. But the size can make this device a piece of technology more easily integrated into your daily lives.

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