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)?
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
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?
Hospitals and healthcare providers every start shaking in their boots when they think of social media and healthcare. They freak out about the possibility of a HIPAA violation. But the fear that is struck in many of their hearts is really unneeded. There are 18 patient identifiers that are off limits when it comes to blogging and things of the like. Omit These 18 Identifiers When Blogging About Patient Care 1. Names; 2. All geographical subdivisions smaller than a State, including street … [Read more...] about 18 Patient Identifiers HIPAA Defines as Off Limits
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
While browsing the Goodwill tweeter @Potato_Chip found a box of Journal of American Medical Associations. A sweet find for an MD/PhD student right? Unfortunately, it turned out to be bittersweet for the healthcare industry and patient advocates everywhere. In that very same box were discarded drugs, prescription pads, and ultra sound records. Many of these records, including ultrasounds, had patient identifiers or protected health information (PHI) intact. Finding any of … [Read more...] about Why HIPAA Laws Exist: Careless Disposal of PHI, RX pads, and Medications
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
Need to document your patient care? There's an App for that. Forgive the pun, but this will likely the norm for my App reviews and highlights. I just can't help myself. I Claim the Title Proudly I'm a nerd. There's no doubt about it. I get emotional and passionate about electronics. There are not many things much more nerdy than that. Technology thrills and excites me and even in the realm of healthcare I can honestly say I get giddy when I hear about a new innovation that will improve the … [Read more...] about Can an EMR be Beautiful? Artefact Thinks So
A very real conversation - when nurses chart their medical care, are they depending too much on charting and not enough on connecting with the people they care for? Nurses Chart Too Much & Don't Think For Themselves Teresa Brown, R.N. wrote an article, featured in the New York Times, recently Caring for the Chart of the Patient, in which she discusses the very real challenge we face as nurses to document our care. She speaks about the mandates, and standards that we are forced to document … [Read more...] about Shocking Truth – Nurses Depend Too Much On Charting