Saint Joseph's College of Maine
With today’s current transition into a digital world of information, it is not a surprise that healthcare industries join in this evolution. From handwritten charts to endless paperwork, the trend for healthcare industries to adopt electronic health records (EHR) has taken hold, and is completely reinventing what we know of health care today. Mercy Medical Center (MMC), a large and very well respected inner-city hospital, has been transitioning from paper charts to electronic health records over the last 5 years. MMC has also adopted additional informatics applications that, when combined with other ...view middle of the document...
Meditech is a software program that enables the user(s) to document and also visualize a collaborative approach of the EHR. This collaborative approach, meaning that separate departments are able to document patient information within the same program, creates an ideal situation; leading to improved patient safety, more effective communication between healthcare departments, and decreases the complexity of healthcare processes. For physicians and nurses, Meditech offers a multitude of services, such as Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE), Electronic health records (EHR), Picture Archiving and Communicating Systems (PACS), and patient care planning and education. Meditech also provides access to the laboratory data, radiology, and the medication information through pharmacy. Meditech is specifically designed to target each department, individualizing the needs of that department. All of these functions are included in Meditech, allowing the physician, nurse, or other health care professional to quickly navigate and access different needs within one program. For example, the pharmacy receives orders from CPOE, who then completes this order. Through the use of the electronic medication administration records (EMR), which is also located within Meditech, the viewer is able to visualize all medications the patient has been ordered. Meditech provides many user-friendly services to the healthcare professionals within MMC.
The second HIS used in MMC is a nursing workflow tool known as GE Centricity. According to GE Healthcare, Centricity is an advanced EHR that aids in streamlining processes within a hospital to encourage increased productivity. The users of GE document all levels of care during a patient’s stay in a hospital, and that information is readily available to the other healthcare professionals that may need to interpret it. In addition, that information stays within the computerized medical record as a permanent record for future reference. GE provides the nurse and other interdisciplinary professionals a tool in which to document and research pertinent patient information. Nursing assessments, vital signs, patient summaries, intake and output, progress notes, care-plans and patient education tools are some of the different types of information available on GE. With the use of GE Centricity, physicians are able to visualize vital patient information, even from a remote location, in order to better care for the patient and utilize more effective time management skills. Nurses are more prepared for direct patient care as patient information can be easily accessed right at the bedside, also allowing for increased quality of care and increased patient satisfaction.
Issues that hold high concern in regards to technology in health care are patient privacy, confidentiality, and security of personal information, which create a huge responsibility for health care professionals to uphold and maintain. “The Health Insurance...