As the only informatics nurse at your small community hospital your chief nursing officer heavily relies upon you to translate major developments in policy and reimbursement that have direct implications for the department and facility.
How would you go about explaining the relationship between standardized terminologies and financial rewards related to meaningful use?
As the liaison between the information systems department and clinical users in the nursing department, what key points would you make to clinical users about standardized terminologies and why? ¢
Your Initial post requires a minimum of two (2) cited sources to support your discussion: the textbook [Hebda & Czar (2013)] and a scholarly source which is a nursing peer-reviewed journal article published within the last five (5) years ¢
In-text citations and references in APA 6th ed. format ¢ Post your word count for your Initial discussion (minimum 150 words excluding the salutation, your name, and references) ¢ Book to be use, must be use Chapters: 15-21 ¢ Hebda, T., & Czar, P. (2013). Handbook of Informatics for Nurses & Healthcare Professionals (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Why Is Nursing Informatics So Important?
Nurses need information to care for patients safely. They need to be able to access medical histories, medication lists, lab and imaging results, and physician/interdisciplinary team notes to get a complete picture of a patient’s clinical status. They use this information to make decisions efficiently to improve patient care outcomes.
Nurse informaticists, as well as other health care informaticists (pharmacists, physicians, etc.), play a critical role in the continuous development and improvement of health care technology. Communication is inarguably one of the most important aspects of patient safety. The contribution of nurse informaticists in developing and improving technology such as electronic medical records and computerized provider ordering has been crucial in reducing medical errors, patient care delays, and health care costs.
For example, before CPOE, nurses would need to transcribe provider orders by hand. Hard-to-read handwriting and human error caused transcription inaccuracies, which in turn led to medication errors, delays, and omissions.
Today, software exists where providers simply click a button and the right medication, dose, and frequency is selected. Additionally, some programs cross-check orders against the patient’s allergies and/or duplicate orders to further protect patient safety.