wk6 discussion.docx - Discussion Healthcare Information Technology Trends Throughout history technological advancements have appeared for one purpose

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Discussion: Healthcare Information Technology Trends Throughout 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. By Day 3 of Week 6 (04/03/2019) Post 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.
Main Post With advancement in the technology used in healthcare, patient care outcomes and experiences are expected to improve as well (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2017). My organization has fully transitioned to the digital versions of charting, the Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR). The EMR we are currently using is EPIC which is very user-friendly and customizable to suit the healthcare professional needs. One useful feature of EPIC that we utilize is when a patient is discharged; a website is given for them to access information about their admission. The website is given upon discharge printed together with their discharge instructions. One significant benefit of this is the right to access their health information for the admission at any time after release. It is limited though; it is only a summary of the care given and received and doesn’t include laboratory data or diagnostic results. I believe limiting it this way will protect medical information. Thus, if patients wanted a copy of their medical treatments and

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