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Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology Trends

Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology Trends Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsThroughout history, technological advancements have appeared for one purpose before finding applications elsewhere that lead to spikes in its usage and development. The internet, for example, was originally developed to share research before becoming a staple of work and entertainment. But technology—new and repurposed—will undoubtedly continue to be a driver of healthcare information. Informaticists often stay tuned to trends to monitor what the next new technology will be or how the next new idea for applying existing technology can benefit outcomes.In this Discussion, you will reflect on your healthcare organization’s use of technology and offer a technology trend you observe in your environment.To Prepare:Reflect on the Resources related to digital information tools and technologies.Consider your healthcare organization’s use of healthcare technologies to manage and distribute information.Reflect on current and potential future trends, such as use of social media and mobile applications/telehealth, Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled asset tracking, or expert systems/artificial intelligence, and how they may impact nursing practice and healthcare delivery.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsORDER A PLAGIARISM-FREE PAPER HEREBy Day 3 of Week 6Post 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 that may be 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. 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 contribute to improvements in patient care outcomes, efficiencies, or data management. Be specific and provide examples.By Day 6 of Week 6Respond to at least two of your colleagues* on two different days, offering additional/alternative ideas regarding opportunities and risks related to the observations shared.*Note: Throughout this program, your fellow students are referred to as colleagues. Rubric Detail Select Grid View or List View to change the rubric’s layout.ContentName: NURS_5051_Module04_Week06_Discussion_RubricDiscussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsGrid ViewList ViewExcellentGoodFairPoorMain PostingPoints Range: 45 (45%) – 50 (50%)Answers all parts of the discussion question(s) expectations with reflective critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module and current credible sources.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsSupported by at least three current, credible sources. Written clearly and concisely with no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsPoints Range: 40 (40%) – 44 (44%)Responds to the discussion question(s) and is reflective with critical analysis and synthesis of knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. At least 75% of post has exceptional depth and breadth. Supported by at least three credible sources. Written clearly and concisely with one or no grammatical or spelling errors and fully adheres to current APA manual writing rules and style.Points Range: 35 (35%) – 39 (39%)Responds to some of the discussion question(s). One or two criteria are not addressed or are superficially addressed. Is somewhat lacking reflection and critical analysis and synthesis.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsSomewhat represents knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. Post is cited with two credible sources. Written somewhat concisely; may contain more than two spelling or grammatical errors.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsContains some APA formatting errors.Points Range: 0 (0%) – 34 (34%)Does not respond to the discussion question(s) adequately. Lacks depth or superficially addresses criteria. Lacks reflection and critical analysis and synthesis. Does not represent knowledge gained from the course readings for the module. Contains only one or no credible sources. Not written clearly or concisely. Contains more than two spelling or grammatical errors. Does not adhere to current APA manual writing rules and style.Main Post: TimelinessPoints Range: 10 (10%) – 10 (10%)Posts main post by day 3.Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)Does not post by day 3.First ResponsePoints Range: 17 (17%) – 18 (18%)Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsResponds fully to questions posed by faculty. Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources. Demonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsCommunication is professional and respectful to colleagues. Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed. Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.Points Range: 15 (15%) – 16 (16%)Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings. Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed. Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources. Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.Points Range: 13 (13%) – 14 (14%)Response is on topic and may have some depth. Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication. Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed. Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.Points Range: 0 (0%) – 12 (12%)Response may not be on topic and lacks depth. Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication. Responses to faculty questions are missing. No credible sources are cited.Second ResponsePoints Range: 16 (16%) – 17 (17%)Response exhibits synthesis, critical thinking, and application to practice settings.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsResponds fully to questions posed by faculty. Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by at least two scholarly sources.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsDemonstrates synthesis and understanding of learning objectives.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsCommunication is professional and respectful to colleagues. Responses to faculty questions are fully answered, if posed.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsResponse is effectively written in standard, edited English.Points Range: 14 (14%) – 15 (15%)Response exhibits critical thinking and application to practice settings. Communication is professional and respectful to colleagues. Responses to faculty questions are answered, if posed. Provides clear, concise opinions and ideas that are supported by two or more credible sources. Response is effectively written in standard, edited English.Points Range: 12 (12%) – 13 (13%)Response is on topic and may have some depth. Responses posted in the discussion may lack effective professional communication. Responses to faculty questions are somewhat answered, if posed. Response may lack clear, concise opinions and ideas, and a few or no credible sources are cited.Points Range: 0 (0%) – 11 (11%)Response may not be on topic and lacks depth. Responses posted in the discussion lack effective professional communication. Responses to faculty questions are missing. No credible sources are cited.ParticipationPoints Range: 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)Meets requirements for participation by posting on three different days.Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)Points Range: 0 (0%) – 0 (0%)Does not meet requirements for participation by posting on 3 different days. Total Points: 100Name: NURS_5051_Module04_Week06_Discussion_RubricDiscussion – Week 6CollapseDiscussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsHealthcare Information Technology TrendsThroughout history, technological advancements have appeared for one purpose before finding applications elsewhere that lead to spikes in its usage and development. The internet, for example, was originally developed to share research before becoming a staple of work and entertainment. But technology—new and repurposed—will undoubtedly continue to be a driver of healthcare information. Informaticists often stay tuned to trends to monitor what the next new technology will be or how the next new idea for applying existing technology can benefit outcomes.In this Discussion, you will reflect on your healthcare organization’s use of technology and offer a technology trend you observe in your environment.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsTo Prepare:Reflect on the Resources related to digital information tools and technologies.Consider your healthcare organization’s use of healthcare technologies to manage and distribute information.Reflect on current and potential future trends, such as use of social media and mobile applications/telehealth, Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled asset tracking, or expert systems/artificial intelligence, and how they may impact nursing practice and healthcare delivery.By Day 3 of Week 6Post 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 that may be 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. 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 contribute to improvements in patient care outcomes, efficiencies, or data management. Be specific and provide examples.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsBy Day 6 of Week 6Respond to at least two of your colleagues* on two different days, offering additional/alternative ideas regarding opportunities and risks related to the observations shared.Click on the Reply button below to reveal the textbox for entering your message. Then click on the Submit button to post your message.*Note: Throughout this program, your fellow students are referred to as colleagues.CollapseHealthcare Information Technology Trends Over the course of time spent at our multidisciplinary pain management facility there have been numerous changes related to technology in our practice. About 8 years ago we switched over to electronic health records (EHR) and digital x-rays. This transition brought on many challenges. Learning how to use the systems takes time and sadly as we were fumbling around with the EHR we lost some patients because they were not used to the timely visits. Furthermore, the billing system had to be linked to the EHR and before it was set up correctly there were procedures that were not being charged. Our digital x-rays also took some time to figure out. The settings on that machine are different than the manual development films so taking the x-rays was challenging at first. However, transitioning to digital x-rays was the easier of the two.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsOnce we got our bearings with the EHR our office participated in the meaningful use program initiated by the government. That brought new challenges with making sure our EHR had the capabilities necessary to meet those standards, as well as future standards set by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)/ Merit Based Incentive Payments System (MIPS) programs. One of the main initiatives for this program is have data available for other to view. As Healthit.gov (2018c) stated, EHRs are built to share information with other health care providers and organizations. Sharing this data can bring greater consistency in care and provide patients with the information necessary to understand their treatment plan. Rao-Gupta et al.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology Trends (2018) showed in a study that using interactive patient care technology system with the automated medication dispensing system and document actions from both systems into the electronic health records improved patient satisfaction. This is wonderful for individual clinics, however, to send patient information to various outside providers requires that different systems are combatable. This is not always the case which provides new challenges to figure out ways to meet those MACRA/MIPS standards. Any non-compliance of this program has had negative consequences for facility as Medicare and Medicaid can reduce the amount of reimbursement for services rendered. The other side of this is that patient’s need to have access to their records and without the patient have a knowledge of technology the system is limited. As Abd-Alrazaq et al. (2019) states; the lack of use of electronical personal health records (ePHRs) among patients leads to implementation failures of these systems.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsAttempting to keep up with the standards of being able to share patient data presents security challenges as well. Our office was victim to a ransom-ware attack in 2015. All patient note, billing information and digital x-ray data was hacked into and transferred into encrypted files that we could not recover without paying the ransom via bitcoin. This eventually led to our clinic going to a cloud-based web service to protect our office data. As seen in the news recently the United States is being targeted by foreign entities that hack into companies and hold their data for ransom. Legislation needs to be created that offers severe repercussions for these actions if these entities are ever caught.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsIn conclusion technology can provide benefits to both patients and providers as long a security remains the first priority. Moving forward I would like to see more data services protected by fingerprint or retinal scans to ensure identity when accessing or administering any medications. I feel that this would provide both providers and patients an added layer of protection as well as contribute to improvements in patient care outcomes, efficiencies, and data management.  References  Abd-Alrazaq, A. A., Bewick, B. M., Farragher, T., & Gardner, P. (2019). Factors that affect the use of electronic personal health records among patients: A systematic review. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 126, 164–175. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2019.03.014HealthIT.gov. (2018c). What is electronic health record (EHR)? Retrieved from https://www.healthit.gov/faq/what-electronic-health-record-ehrRao-Gupta, S., Kruger, D., Leak, L. D., Tieman, L. A., & Manworren, R. C. B. (2018). Leveraging interactive patient care technology to improve pain management engagement. Pain Management Nursing, 19(3), 212-221. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmn.2017.11.002RE: Discussion – Week 6CollapseDiscussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsHi,Your post was very informative and interesting. I enjoyed reading your insights on the EHR system and transitions. I work as a travel nurse and have worked at small rural areas that still rely on paper charting and manually reading x-ray films. The last facility I worked at was transitioning from paper charting to EHR, it was a mess that ended with a lot of duplicated charted and wasted time. The transition needs to be well thought out and carefully planned to avoid timely mistakes that can cause the facility to lose patients or breech patient confidentiality. EHR and patient portals are excellent resources, especially for pain patients. Many patients with chronic pain have had long health battles and many challenges when it comes to their care. Providing them easy access to their records can help them coordinate the continuity of care and keep them well informed. Involving patients in their care increases their confidence and sense of control, this is especially important with chronic pain patients who may have encountered bias and poor care. Studies have shown that an effective coping mechanism for chronic pain patients is having a sense of control regarding their treatments (Jones, 2020). Patient portals contribute to this sense of control by providing patients with their records to review at home without being rushed and to make sense of on their own time. Continued advancements in technology will help chronic pain patients in many ways. From objectifying pain measurements, to advanced treatments and patient portals, there are many advancements to look forward to for chronic pain patients and providers.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsJones, R. (April 2020) Practical Pain Management Coping Skills. PracticalPainManagement_FiveCopingSkills-ChronicPainPatientNeeds.pdf (idaho.gov)RE: Discussion – Week 6CollapseMichael, excellent contribution. The inability of EHRs to reliably match patients to their data may have disastrous repercussions, resulting in improper medicines being given, inaccurate diagnoses, incorrect test findings, and increased risk from duplicate medical procedures. By enabling physicians to transmit prescriptions to pharmacies electronically, electronic prescribing may help minimize prescription mistakes (Davis & Smith, 2016).Medical alerts, clinical flags, and reminders are all examples of how technology may aid in the reduction of drug mistakes and the improvement of patient safety in the healthcare setting. Among the numerous opportunities for improving and transforming healthcare offered by health information technology are reducing human error and improving clinical outcomes, the facilitation of care coordination, the improvement of practice efficiencies, and the tracking of data over time. EHR technology may aid in the prevention of medical mistakes by alerting physicians to possible medication interactions and adverse reactions that may occur (Laureate, 2018).Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsReferencesLaureate Education (Producer). (2018). Electronic Records and Managing IT Change [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.Davis, K. A., & Smith, L. B. (2016). Ethical Considerations about EHR-Mediated Results Disclosure and Pathology Information Presented via Patient Portals. AMA Journal of Ethics, 18(8), 826-832. doi:10.1001/journalofethics.2016.18.8.pfor1-1608RE: Discussion – Week 6CollapseDiscussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsHi ,I agree with you that EHR contributes to patient satisfaction and also makes it easier for clinicians to provide care however data security is an issue. Having EHR in a healthcare organization is important because it improves the quality of care by reducing medical errors (Yanamadala et al.,2016). Besides, EHRs make healthcare more efficient since EHRs make it easier for physicians to access patient data such as lab results.  EHRs also alert physicians to contact the patient when it is time for certain screening tests thus making care more convenient. However, the adoption of EHR in clinics is challenged by patient privacy and health information security (Kruse et al., 2017). Therefore, some of the measures that should be built into the EHRs to protect data include an audit trial a feature that records who accessed the information and what changes were made. Encrypting stored information protects information by ensuring that health data cannot be read except by those using a system that can decrypt with a key (Kruse et al., 2017). The use of access control tools like passwords and PINs can help limit unauthorized personnel from viewing health information.Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsReferencesKruse, C. S., Smith, B., Vanderlinden, H., & Nealand, A. (2017). Security Techniques for the Electronic Health Records. Journal of medical systems, 41(8), 127. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10916-017-0778-4Yanamadala, S., Morrison, D., Curtin, C., McDonald, K., & Hernandez-Boussard, T. (2016). Electronic Health Records and Quality of Care: An Observational Study Modeling Impact on Mortality, Readmissions, and Complications. Medicine, 95(19), e3332. https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000003332Module Four Discussion PostElectronic medical records (EMRs) and electronic health records (EHRs) are two major technology systems that allow patient data to be gathered comprehensively. An EMR contains information that a paper chart would include, however, the data is stored in a more organized fashion where information is less likely to get lost and easier to navigate. An EHR differs from an EMR because data in the EHR includes patient data from many different healthcare angles compiled into one account (Laureate Education, 2018). The hospital where I work has integrated both systems into healthcare delivery. In addition to EMRs and EHRs, my workplace has also incorporated electronic patient portals. Electronic patient portals are made user-friendly for patients to track their healthcare data and access help related to their health. Data pertaining to patient health is entered into the portal system and becomes viewable to patients and any healthcare provider that the patient may encounter. For example, one of the most popular uses of the patient portals is for lab tracking. Patients can log onto their portals and see what tests were previously ordered for them and the results (ONC, 2017).    Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsWith many benefits to the patient portal system comes inherent challenges as well. One major challenge is the lack of delayed timing for results posting. Test results can pop up on a patient’s portal soon after results are available, which means that the patient may see the results before the care provider. With this nature of timing, care providers can potentially miss the opportunity to explain results to the patients within a given context. Without the proper explanation of test results, patients may experience severe misplaced anxiety, make wrong interpretations, and wrongfully self-treat their conditions (Davis & Smith, 2016). Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsData safety is a significant factor that is important to consider when discussing patient portal systems. One of the most incredible benefits in such a context is patient ownership over their medical information. Without patient portals, a patient has the right to have personal health data disclosed to them; However, a patient portal puts the information in their possessions, leading to greater ownership over the data. With the feeling of greater ownership, patients may be motivated to be more involved in their health, leading to overall better patient care (Kujala et al., 2018). On the contrary, a risk associated with data safety connected to a patient portal system is the potential for a breach of confidentiality. The legislative process to deal with this issue is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The HIPAA act is in place to ensure the privacy and safety of patient data, which ultimately upholds the quality of patient care (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2017).  Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsBetween all the healthcare technology trends discussed above, I believe that EHRs are most impactful in nursing practice. As nurses and nurse leaders, we can best understand the healthcare needs when we have a full view of the patient’s health in front of us. The only way that this is possible is by having access to all aspects of a patient’s medical history, which is what an EHR ultimately provides. EHR technology systems will undoubtedly improve patient care outcomes because this data system follows a patient throughout the continuum of health. Therefore, it is less likely for the significant health factors of a patient to fall through the cracks (Laureate Education, 2018). For example, hypertension is a vital healthcare issue that must be monitored. It is usually an issue that a nurse would follow very closely; however, if a patient has multiple comorbidities, it is more likely that hypertension would be overlooked or get less attention. With the proper usage of EHR systems, the problem of hypertension is likely to resurface many times making it nearly impossible to overlook. EHR systems make the future of healthcare seem brighter than ever.  Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology TrendsReferences Davis, K. A., & Smith, L. B. (2016). Ethical Considerations about EHR-Mediated Results Disclosure and Pathology Information Presented via Patient Portals. AMA Journal of Ethics, 18(8), 826-832. doi:10.1001/journalofethics.2016.18.8.pfor1-1608Kujala, S., Hörhammer, I., Kaipio, J., & Heponiemi, T. (2018). Health professionals’ expectations of a national patient portal for self-management. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 117, 82-87. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2018.06.005Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Electronic Records and Managing IT Change [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2017). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). (2017). What is a patient portal? Retrieved July 6, 2021, from https://www.healthit.gov/faq/what-patient-portalDiscussion: Healthcare Information Technology Trends

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