This scale is entered into the health record and given a score to see if the

This scale is entered into the health record and

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a tool for all hospitalized patients in the United States. This scale is entered into the health record and given a score to see if the patient is at risk for skin breakdown. Once this score is evaluated, it will trickle a domino effect. Pulling the trends of how many patients develop hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI) and implement changes to prevent new occurrences. New changes can decrease medical costs and increase patient satisfaction while delivering patient-centered care. Another way that quality improvement data can lead to measurable improvements in health care is by pulling the trends in ventilator patients that develop pneumonia postoperatively with open heart patients and implement changes to prevent occurrences. The data can be used to implement turning the patient every two hours and or placing the patient 45 degrees in the bed to assist in preventing these events from happening. Patient outcomes are a priority for any healthcare facility. Tracking the occurrence that has a trend is a concern that leads to events that should never happen; it allows the facility an opportunity to use the information system to track and display positive and negative outcomes. Quality improvement data trends can lead to improving and implementing and enhancing nursing practices, in turn, improving patient safety, decreasing readmissions, medical costs, and increasing patient satisfaction. Security Standards and Regulations In 1996, congress passed the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a federal regulation that protects patient health information (PHI) within a healthcare facility, specializing in privacy, security and breach notifications (Savage & Adler-Milstein,
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HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT 6 2018). These regulations are still used today by physicians, hospitals, and any other entity that has PHI. In addition to the HIPAA act, congress passed the Health Information Technology for Clinical Health (HITEC) in 2009; this act provided billions of dollars in an incentive for physicians and hospitals to implement software to keep track of their patients' medical care through electronic health records (Savage et al., 2018). Between HIPAA and HITECH regulations and standards, the two have provided patients assurance that their personal PHI is protected and secure in any healthcare setting. Data Integrity HIPPA security rules mandate integrity protection for all health transmissions; the organizations are responsible for ensuring that this information is accurate and secure (Brown, Pasupathy, & Patrick, 2019). Every healthcare facility is mandated to protect patient information with security in place by using secure servers, as well as regularly archiving to provide quality care to the patients they serve. The standards that bind the healthcare world hold up the meaningful use of HIS within any healthcare facility. Nurses play a vital role in aiding in this coalition to secure patient information. For incidence, nurses are on the front lines when delivering patient-centered care, and this is a priority in doing so, protecting patient information by confirming identification and authorization in writing to share that information.
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