Do you work at a hospital or physician’s office that is part of a clinical integration network? Do you know what a clinical integration network is? There are many definitions, but one of the best comes from the American Hospital Association: “In essence, clinical integration involves providers working together in an interdependent fashion so that they can pool infrastructure and resources, and develop, implement and monitor protocols, “best practices,” and various other organized … [Read more...] about Let’s Talk About Clinical Integration
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
I’m so excited to share with you that an amazing project I have been working on for quite some time now is nearly complete. You guessed it: My 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 … [Read more...] about The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology: The Book
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)?
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
The following infographic gives some information to those who are dabbling with the idea of nursing as a career. Most of the information is both useful and interesting. I stumbled upon this infographic at ITthing.com 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… … [Read more...] about What It’s Like To Be a Nurse and What it Takes to Become One [Infographic]
Working as a clinical informatics specialist in a growing health system affords me plenty of opportunities to troubleshoot technical issues with many nurses and other clinical staff. One solution I have had the opportunity to use to remotely access computers to assit with troubleshooting problems is a product called Bomgar. With Bomgar remote support you can easily troubleshoot the technical issues that nurses, doctors, and other members of the healthcare team may be experiencing. If you’ve … [Read more...] about Bomgar: Compliant Remote Support for Health Information Technology [HIT]
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
Technology is constantly evolving and introducing us to something else that should completely blow our mind. We’ve almost become immune to the magic of our gadgets and gizmos. Yes, we’re still impressed by these innovations, but it takes something really impressive to evoke that glimmer of intrigue in many of our our eyes. The I’mWatch has evoked more than just a glimmer in mine. At first glance, this looks like nothing more than an iPod Nanon Watch. However, the i'mWatch is a revolutionart … [Read more...] about i’mWatch: A Smartwatch to Improve Healthcare?
I've mentioned before that my husband tells people I'm a Star Trek Nurse. Up until today I merely laughed at this description. Clearly he has no idea what a clinical informatics specialist does. Right? Then today I crossed the threshold between casual nerd and full on geek. I entered the server room and was overwhelmed with nerdy glee. How I Got To the Server Room I first need to tell you that we didn't just randomly take a stroll through the server room. There was a darn good reason … [Read more...] about Aboard the Nursing Spaceship: Server Room Geekery
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
My colleagues have been quite upset with the fact that I don’t plan on working PRN in bedside care. Some of them feel I wasting my nursing degree to move away from bedside care and into informatics. I will miss many things about bedside care nursing, but I know that I will be able to much better serve patients in my new role as a Clinical Informatics Specialist. The instant trust that a patient gives you just because you were assigned to them. The honesty and trust that I am afforded simply … [Read more...] about 10 Things I will Miss from Bedside Care Nursing: Reflections as I move to an Administrative Role
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
With the implementation of meaningful use in healthcare, and the requirement of EHR for physicians by 2015, there is expected to be creation of 50,000 new jobs in healthcare informatics. This is welcome news to a struggling economy, and very welcome news to nurses who wish to get their nerd on. After searching through various educational resources, linkedin, job listings, and other opportunities I stumbled upon HITECH and the various grants and opportunities that have been created. HITECH is … [Read more...] about Getting Into Nursing Informatics: HITECH EHR EMR Certification