INFORMATICS FOR DECISION SUPPORTEMILY MUSSELMANUNIT 8 ASSIGNMENT
INFORMATICS“According to the American Medical Informatics Association, informatics has to do with all aspects of understanding and promoting the effective organization, analysis, management, and use of information in healthcare(Walker).”As time goes on the amount of information within healthcare continues to skyrocket. With the increased information comes a gap between knowledge and practice that we need to fill using informatics to make decisions.
WHAT WILL INFORMATICS DO?Facilitates the transfer of data about appropriate drugs, specific diseases, and patient characteristics. (Walker)Create easy accessibly.Improve patient outcomes.
SOME PROBLEMS:1 medication error occurs per hospital patient per day. (Walker)This equals $3.5 billion for hospital-related errors alone. (Walker)Roughly 530,000 preventable adverse drug events occur in outpatient Medicare patients each year. (Walker)Medical and patient input errors.
SOME SOLUTIONS:Eliminate most handwritten clinical data, promote IT informatics. Computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE): Enter orders right into the system. Clinical decision support (CDS): Provide information and recommend treatments. Electronic medical records (EMRs): Integrate information from other systemsBar-coded medication administration (BCMA): Matches a bar code on each medication to a barcode on the patient ensuring no errors. (Walker)Technology guided forms and questioners.