Have you wondered how the news media knows to report which states are experiencing a spike in the number of cases of the flu? Healthcare providers and laboratories share clinical data about certain diseases and conditions with local health agencies in order to protect the health of the community. Exchanging certain health information is one way to boost awareness about illness, to be proactive in preventing any sort of disease outbreak, and to assess how effective preventive methods actually are.
Nursing Informatics is a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge in nursing practice. Recognized by The American Nursing Association since 1992 as a specialty role in nursing, there are both graduate degrees and board certification recognitions. Nursing Informatics plays an important role in advocating for patients and nurses.
In the last few years, there has been an explosion of technological development in our everyday lives – how we decide where to eat and book restaurants reservations to the types of devices we can use to video chat with our loved ones in different cities.
This is the age of healthcare technology. Big data and clinical data management, EHR (electronic health records) and Meaningful Use, clouds and virtualization, SaaS and the mobile era, not to mention the incredible advancements in medical technologies like genomics and bioinformatics.
Today, I am pleased to announce the release of a checklist created by senior leaders and CEO’s from 11 health systems, including HCA—under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine (IOM)—to promote high-value healthcare. The CEO Checklist for High-Value Health Care provides ten strategies to help hospitals reduce waste and improve patient outcomes, and we are honored to be a contributor. The creation of the checklist comes during an important time for healthcare. Increasingly, those who purchase healthcare are seeking providers that deliver high-value care, and we at HCA understand that there’s a business case for providing high quality, efficient care.… Read more.
Yesterday, we talked broadly about Patient Safety Awareness Week in order to provide more context around the movement. Today, we’re going to go a little deeper. Recently, I sat down with HCA’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Perlin and the President of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Diane Pinakiewicz to discuss patient safety. I wanted to hear their thoughts on how far we’ve come, what’s on the horizon and the roles that both patients and their providers (nurses and doctors) play in improving patient safety. We recorded the conversation and separated the audio by each question, below. This is a great discussion… Read more.