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Hello Professor and Class, When I am talking about informatics, I get excited. I would say this is my second passion in life. I love new innovations and intervention technology in nursing, in medicine, and in many different fields of our daily life. Informatics began to grow for me when I was a kid, before I used to read about it in fantasy books and watched in fantasy movies. I am sure we all has been dreaming about video phones before as well. We are lucky to live in an era of progress where we are witnessing global growth in informatics and technology. During my ten years of working in the hospital, informatics changed health care system tremendously. I remembered the time when we worked in DOS and most of the patient s   profiles and medical information were on paper. Patient s   charts were big and bulky We used to spend less time on the computer and more time with patients, in turn, now, we spend a lot of time charting and trying our best to spend adequate time with the patient. I feel this is the one of the biggest disadvantages from the time when technology started to grow in Health Care System. Nurses greatest challenge now is to learn how to compromise time between patients and technology. Technology benefits and protects patient in many ways, for example, we scan medication and can see information about side effects of the drug right away, therefore we prevent medication errors. We also can see all medical records and history on the computer that combines personal, environmental, and chronic disease factors of the patient to analyze and make the right decision. We chart "in and output" of the patient, we link to see patient s   recent labs and alerts posted by the laboratory, so we can send alerts to doctor and escalate patient care right away. We use a portable monitor that automatically transfers patient deterioration   condition to the system and send alerts to the phone of each nurse. There are many other innovations that explore every aspect of the health care system. Technology changes so quickly, that all health care providers, at times, have a problem with adaptation to the new system. In today s tech-hospital world we learn something new every day, that improves quality of care and safety for our patients. DOH and JCAHO work hard to regulate and stabilize ongoing processes of growing technology and this requires for the involvement of the nurses informatics as a specialty in health care fields to analyze information systems and work processes to apply knowledge to client care, health care administration, nursing research, and education. Without the input from nurses, health information system may miss critical aspects of client care and may create a procedure that reduces nursing effectiveness ” ( Hood, 2014 p.386).
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