Fundamentals of Nursing
Quiz 9 :
Electronic Health Records and Information Technology
Computers are used extensively in the nursing practice now. High-speed computers are considered as the best source for conducting an investigatory research related to some medical cases. It is one of the low cost and efficient methods used for gaining the information about specific things. The following tasks are performed using computers in nursing practice: 1. Documenting the medical record keeping: Documentation of client's diet, routine, daily health status and possible intervention are useful and important parts of the modern day professional nurses' routine. These medical records are required for auditing and legal aspects of the cases too. 2. Accessing the information from departmental databases for the client: Departmental databases have information regarding cases, literature related to the diseases and methodology. Such databases are helpful for easy retrieval of information for usage and application. 3. Using new nursing and healthcare application from the computers: There are programs and applications available on the internet on hospital set-ups to gain information. These applications save time for the possible solution to a problem faced by a nurse. 5. Researching the case to find new solutions or methods: If a nurse does not assess to other sources, internet and medical science research websites are always available to help her in crisis. Various journals and medical websites explain the most of the science available in the world. 6. Discussing the case with the colleagues: If a case is required to be discussed with the professionals and colleague social media websites and applications can be used for the interaction. These sources are very fast and laboratory data can be exchanged in the form of files, images, and other formats.
Technology has made life easier, whether it is communication, traveling, health or education. People from all spheres of life are benefitted from technology. Computers, which are in high demand these days, are extensively used by nursing students or nurses. It is used for documentation, maintaining records, and conducting essential research. Technology cannot determine, which employee is doing the best job because even if the person is on the computer the whole time it doesn't indicate that substantial amount of work is done. It is more of a subjective determination. Hence, the option 3 is incorrect. It is appropriate to say that technology facilitates accreditation of health and safety requirements, tracks the expensive client condition and expenses, and also provides with the best client care. Technologies such as Electronic healthcare records (EHR) and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) are such examples. Hence, the correct answers are options , , and .
In the given case, a nurse sends the client data to the hospital or colleagues for the discussion and case study, the nurse should seek the permission of the client first. In the given case client has allowed the images to be emailed but he is a little worried about the security of the data. In such cases, the nurse should assure the client for the safety of the data. A nurse should explain to him about the proper way of interacting on email and websites. These email websites are pretty safe and assure the client's data safety. Generally, for such purposes, email addresses are well recognized and provided on the website of the hospital. So, a client can assure himself for the security of the data. The nurse should also show the client, the official websites containing the email addresses of the professional colleagues. Also, explain to the client that his data will get recorded anyhow on the hospital databases or records as most of the institutes record the data on computers. A nurse should explain the need for the quick analysis for the health benefit of the client. The nurse should point out the reasons for her urgency and outcomes of the possible delay. Most of the times, the client understands the need of sharing the data through the computers.