BY DAY 3 OF WEEK 6
Post a brief description of general healthcare technology trends, particularly related to data/information you have observed in use in your healthcare organization or nursing practice. Describe any potential challenges or risks inherent in the technologies associated with these trends you described. Then, describe at least one potential benefit and one potential risk associated with data safety, legislation, and patient care for the technologies you described NURS-6051N Module 4: Week 6: Discussion of healthcare information technology trends. Next, explain which healthcare technology trends you believe are most promising for impacting healthcare technology in nursing practice and explain why. Describe whether this promise will improve patient care outcomes, efficiencies, or data management. Be specific and provide examples.
Healthcare Information Technology Trends
Electronic Health Records (EHR), MyChart, enables patients to view results and contact their doctors. More recently, Covid-19 for telemedicine video visits are all used at my place of business to guarantee that care is accessible across all specialties. Most hospitals in the United States now use EHR due to the simplicity with which many professionals can view charts and the convenience of digitally making all the information available. Patients can view their charts, communicate with their doctors, make appointments, and keep track of their child’s care using the MyChart app. Telemedicine is now a viable option for receiving medical attention without leaving the comfort of your home or visiting the hospital. Without the additional strain of the epidemic, they have aided those seeking long-term therapy for mental health issues. People with chronic illnesses can also benefit from routine checkups. We are also using them to measure blood pressure and weight to help manage pregnancies during the pandemic and monitor preeclampsia.
Challenges And Risks at Work
One of the biggest technological challenges at my job is that most programs are in English. Spanish and Somali are the two languages that my non-English speaking patients most frequently speak. MyChart, for instance, is only offered in English. To receive test results and instructions on what symbols to look for, I can assist patients in setting up email accounts. All icons and links are in English, even though MyChart allows us to send messages in multiple languages. After researching, I learned that the mobile app’s default language could be Spanish (Shull, 2019). It isn’t compatible with Somalia and is only accessible via the mobile app. Even though MyChart allows for language switching, not all healthcare organizations can use this feature (Shull, 2019) NURS-6051N Module 4: Week 6: Discussion healthcare information technology trends.
Patient care, safety, and law: advantages and risks
Patients and families with chronic illnesses, restricted mobility, or complex care management benefit from the convenience of telemedicine visits. Telemedicine monitoring of vital signs or video can be helpful for families who need daily checkups but struggle to get to the hospital (Kleib et al., 2021). Community nurses who perform training visits and vital sign checks may benefit. To assist families in learning how to stay on top of new diagnoses, we provide home nurses who provide early diabetes and asthma care.
The issue with telemedicine regulation is that providers must hold a license in the state where the patient is currently located to treat such patients (Shull, 2019). At my place of employment, due to liability concerns, nurses cannot provide instruction, assessment, or other medical services via video visits. I know that insurance companies have given some thought to not providing coverage through my employer. Obtaining everyone’s permission in the house before a telemedicine appointment is another safety concern because they can hear sensitive medical information. Additionally, you should know that all consultations between the family and the doctor are confidential (Kleib et al., 2021).
Foreseeable healthcare trends
A rising trend is digital health literacy, which comprises knowledge and the skill of using digital technologies in a connected health environment (Balaji & Clever, 2021). Wearable medical technology will be the newest development in outpatient healthcare. My employer provided Fitbit scales and Bluetooth to track patient care through grants to physicians and nutritionists who operate weight management clinics. To track their activity levels and log their meals for a nutritionist’s review, patients can use the Fitbit app to track their activity levels. NURS-6051N Module 4: Week 6: Discussion healthcare information technology trends. The provider’s weight management database stores patients’ weight and daily exercise information. They can monitor their eating and exercise to lose weight and enhance patient outcomes.
Balaji, A., & Clever, S. L. (2021). Incorporating medical students into primary care telehealth visits: Tutorial. JMIR Medical Education, 7(2), e24300. Doi: 10.2196/24300.
Kleib, M., Chauvette, A., Furlong, K., Nagle, L., Slater, L., & McCloskey, R. (2021). Approaches for defining and assessing nursing informatics competencies: a scoping review. JBI Evidence Synthesis, 19(4), 794-841. doi: 10.11124/JBIES-20-00100.
Shull, J. G. (2019). Digital health and the state of interoperable electronic health records. JMIR Medical Informatics, 7(4), e12712.