1 Integration of Teleauscultation in EPIC Jan Marcus Quiaoit Walden University NURS 6051, Section N-50, Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Technology March 17, 2019
2 Integration of Teleauscultation in Nursing Practice Project Proposal Nurses use auscultation as one of the four techniques of a physical assessment to provide primary objective data. Heart sounds, lung sounds, and bowel sounds are mainly auscultated daily in my practice. The interpretation of sounds is a crucial part of the accuracy of the assessment findings that can potentially affect the patient’s health outcome. Auscultation is performed with the use of a stethoscope. The first stethoscope was introduced in 1818 by Rene Laennec, a French physician. In 1910, the first transmission of stethoscope sounds over a telephone was achieved. Ever since then, functional and technological advancements have been made to the design and the use of stethoscopes which further improved patient care. Teleauscultation is a technology that captures sounds, saves them in digital format, uses artificial intelligence which is built into the software to interpret the kind of clinical sound (Hori et al., 2013). The combination of both hardware and artificial intelligence in the software, when integrated with the chosen EHR can aid both nurses and physicians with accurate and real-time interpretations of heart, lungs, and bowel sounds. My proposed project is about the use of teleauscultation devices mainly digital stethoscopes in the nursing practice and its integration with the current electronic health record platform of the organization. EPIC is the EHR of the hospital I work for, and our Information Systems department is continuously making efforts to help the nurses and other healthcare professionals with improvements of the software customized to our needs. With the use of an application interface, digital sounds from electronic stethoscopes can be saved, accessed and evaluated in EPIC.
3 Stakeholders Impacted by Project The individuals involved with the responsibility for completing the integration of teleauscultation in the EHR project would be physicians, nurses, clinical or nursing informaticists, information systems and engineering departments, clinical managers, Chief Nursing Officer, Medical Director together with Chief Financial Officer. Physicians and nurses will be on the front lines of testing and using the technology. Clinical knowledge and wisdom will be the basis of importance for the project’s success. The medical professionals are still responsible for the interpretation of sounds and formulating diagnoses.
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