Compatibility is how well the health information system works with the other

Compatibility is how well the health information

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Compatibility is how well the health information system works with the other equipment. The advantages of compatibility are automatic transfer of information which reduces chance for human error and provides immediate access to information. An example of this is the laboratory system and the barcode scanner. The order is placed and a lab label is generated. The sample is collected, the patient’s armband barcode and the label are scanned to ensure a correct match, the specimen is sent to the lab, results are generated and automatically flow into the patient chart. The efficiency and accuracy of this system is the advantage. The disadvantage is that incorrect results also post to the chart, such as when a hemolyzed specimen results inaccurate, high potassium levels.
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PATIENT CARE AND DOCUMENTATION Health information systems affect documentation by using quick templates for charting thus making charting uniform and decreasing the amount of time required to complete documentation. They also create worklists and prompts to make workflow more efficient and effective. This increased efficiency will provide more patient care time, increasing patient satisfaction and providing a safer patient environment. Accessing information in a HIS is much easier than paper charts. The data is more current and accessible to all clinicians. The sharing of real time information among clinicians increases the quality and delivery of nursing care by decreasing the risk of error and increasing the amount of time the nurse can spend with the patient doing actual patient care. It also streamlines the nursing process to provide the patient with needs such as teaching, spiritual concerns and discharge planning needs. WAYS QI DATA CAN LEAD TO MEASURABLE IMPROVEMENT Data collected from a health information system can lead to measurable improvement in health care services and the health status of patients. Quality improvement monitoring of CAUTI and CLABSI can be monitored via the HIS. A simple dropdown in the charting template, such as the date of insertion of the catheter or central line and well as the necessity of the device promotes earlier discontinuation of devices and decreases the chance of infection for the patient. Extracting the initiation and discontinuation dates of catheters and lines, as well as infection rates and trends improves patient outcomes by encouraging protocol changes that protect patients and improve care. Healthcare acquired infections can also be tracked using the system. Monthly distribution of this data keeps nurses in the loop and promotes vigilance in the
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monitoring of catheters and lines and compliance with early removal of catheters and lines. This practice reduces hospital acquired infections and improves patient outcomes.
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