protect medical information. Thus, if patients wanted a copy of their medical treatments and outcomes, they can request them from the medical records department for a printed copy. A potential risk is still with the patient’s privacy of information since it is on a piece of paper which can be lost, and the website is specific to the patient, if a patient is not internet savvy and had somebody else help them access it, information is not safe, only if permitted family members are involved. Another option for our patients to gain access to their health information is through an application on their phones. An app on the phone requires them to log in with credentials and connection is encrypted for security. In the global study conducted by Skiba (2017), 52% of patients used internet sites to access information, 38% used mobile devices, and 19% used wearable devices. The app is connected to our EHR and patients can view their labs and current prescriptions. Another benefit also is the ability to schedule their appointment and even email the doctor regarding health issues. Just like any application software, there will be some learning to be done to be able to use the software on the phone. Having the older population as our major patients, they were hesitant to adopt the technology themselves and leave the responsibility to their caregivers. Reference McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2017). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. Skiba, D. (2017). Evaluation tools to appraise social media and mobile applications. Informatics, 4(3), 32–40. doi:10.3390/informatics4030032
Robert Speight RE: Discussion - Week 6 COLLAPSE Main Question Post Healthcare Information Technology Trends Recently, more and more patients have expressed the desire to take on a more active role in managing their health. Advancements in electronic technologies have allowed patients to assume a more proactive role in overseeing their health in an outpatient setting by granting access to their electronic health record (EHR) through a patient portal (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2018) . The organization where I currently work utilizes a patient portal system called MyChart . MyChart enables patients with the functionality to securely access their medical records online. Online patient portals are web-based healthcare technologies that are increasing in popularity to deliver medical information to patients in a reliable, accurate, prompt, convenient, and secure manner (Redelmeier & Kraus, 2018) . However, despite MyChart’s utility for patients in an outpatient setting, the current layout of the portal is not conducive for patients when applied to an inpatient setting. Building a portal system that blends inpatient and outpatient health information flawlessly can be a difficult and challenging task. For patient portals to function appropriately, the design is key; therefore, extreme detail needs to take place during the building of the software with ample input from a patient’s perspective (Stone, 2017).
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