Healthcare Information System
Technological advance has gone far and healthcare systems have adopted the use of technology in developing service delivery. Healthcare Information Systems (HIS) refers to kind of system focusing to collect, manage, store and transmit data pertaining patients, physicians, and nurses and along with all workers within the healthcare system (Dermiris et al., 2016). Example of such a system includes the patient Electronic Medical Record (EMR) which allows different health officials to collect data about patients. Another important system which is crucial in the field of healthcare is the Master Patient Index (MPI) which reduces duplicity in patient records. Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) is another technology applicable in the case of a healthcare information system.
Initially, patient data could be kept in a paper form whereby cases of lost information or patient files occurred. With the advancement in technology, there have been wide changes in the field of managed medicine. For instance, the electronic medical record is one of the common advances taking place in the hospital. As highlighted above, it puts together patient data and stores it for use by different physicians and nurses while making decisions pertaining to patient health (Middleton et al., 2013). The technology is essential in making a future decision and conclusion about patient health since unlike the old paperwork system, EMR ensures that patient data display each time their files get opened. I will apply the knowledge of EMR in my nursing practice career by ensuring that all data pertaining to my patients get updated to the system for easy services and decision making within the healthcare center.
Patient portals are another technology important in the field of the healthcare system. The technology allows patients to access their data, place appointments and even communicate with their caregivers regarding issues affecting their health (Ammenwerth et al., 2012). Data collected in the EMR regarding such patients is available in specific portals. I would apply the knowledge of patient portal in my nursing career by ensuring patients who visit the clinic or healthcare frequently have their portal updated for easy setting of appointment and monitoring of patient health.
Another essential technology applicable in healthcare is the Master Patient Index (MPI). The technology useful in patient health care reduces duplication of patient information thus limiting confusion within the healthcare. MPI allows different nurses to access information on patients easily without duplication a case which is common in healthcare systems using the paper system of data keeping. I would use this technology together with EMR and Patient Portals to ensure that data pertaining to a specific patient is clear and free of duplication within the healthcare system.
For a patient with chronic diseases like cancer, high glucose levels among other conditions, RPM would be highly useful in my nursing practice. I would apply such knowledge to ensure that I monitor my patients regularly by connecting them to the remote patient monitoring system.
In conclusion, the nursing practice requires not only the adoption of widely acquired human body knowledge but also the adoption of a specific technology. Gone are the day’s individuals could rely on manual means of data collection and thus individuals are adopting various technology in the delivery of nursing services. The technologies highlighted above are examples of the wide advancement in technology in the field of nursing. Adopting them makes nursing more interesting.
Ammenwerth, E., Schnell-Inderst, P., & Hoerbst, A(2012). The impact of electronic patient portals on patient care: a systematic review of controlled trials. Journal of medical Internet research, 14(6), e162.
Demiris, G., Afrin, L. B., Speedie, S., Courtney, K. L., Sondhi, M., Vimarlund, V., … & Lynch, C. (2016). Patient-centered applications: use of information technology to promote disease management and wellness. A white paper by the AMIA knowledge in motion working group. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 15(1), 8-13.
Middleton, B., Bloomrosen, M., Dente, M. A., Hashmat, B., Koppel, R., Overhage, J. M., … & Zhang, J. (2013). Enhancing patient safety and quality of care by improving the usability of electronic health record systems: recommendations from AMIA. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 20(e1), e2-e8.