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FHIR® with an international flair

June 20, 2017

I recently had the pleasure of attending and participating in the HL7®FHIR® Connectathon and HL7 Working Group Meeting in Madrid. Infor is a global company, …

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My thoughts on being ‘just a nurse’

October 25, 2016

Danielle Miller, PHD(c), MSN, RNC-OB, Chief Nursing Officer, Clinical Applications Last week an article about someone being called “just a nurse” has sparked intense conversation …

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Design thinking @work – How can we work the same way we live?

July 26, 2016

Marcus Mossberger, Human Capital Management Strategy Director, Healthcare   Last week I was talking with a client about the use of technology and the opportunity …

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Engagement at work: Maintaining a healthy workforce

May 17, 2016

Marcus Mossberger encourages organizations to listen to data that can serve as an indicator of employee engagement, as well as paying attention to information from employee surveys.

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Patients wake up after a year in coma: Memorable moments from a neuro and ICU nurse

May 12, 2016

Laurie Champ, RN, recalls three memorable patients from her years as a nurse. Happy Nurses Week 2016!

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Building the next generation of leaders

April 12, 2016

Marcus Mossberger explores how to identify, develop and assess the next generation of leaders by taking a vastly different.

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How nurses impact interoperability in healthcare

March 15, 2016

Patients enter the healthcare system and receive services from multiple departments and providers, and then the services rendered in each department result in information that is pertinent to the patient’s care plan. Feeding that information, or data, to providers helps them provide excellent patient care. However, the manner in which providers receive pertinent data is often disconnected, delayed and usually antiquated.
When physicians contact nurses for an update of a patient’s status, they are looking for current, real-time data to make decisions that affect patient care and patient outcomes. How the necessary data is received is based on interoperability, which is described by HIMSS as the extent to which systems and devises can exchange data and have the data be understood by the user.
So imagine if you were a patient waiting to be discharged from the hospital. The physician won’t make a decision until reading your 9 a.m. laboratory results. In some cases, physicians call the nurse for results, but the nurse may be required to call the lab when results are still pending in the electronic medical record. A delay in pertinent data may result in the delay in appropriate or timely care, unnecessary or duplicate testing, increased readmissions, or in this case, a delay in getting the patient released in a timely manner.
If nurses face challenges that disrupt their workflow (multiple log ins, increased clicks to document information), they spend excessive time documenting instead of providing hands-on care to patients. When systems are designed with clinical workflow in mind, the focus is to improve nursing care, coordination of care and patient safety. That means electronic medical records help share data that is meaningful and necessary for safe patient care.
So how can nurses play a role in interoperability? Nurses are the largest group of electronic health record users, so logic follows that nursing input into how EHRs function and interoperate becomes crucial. This input guarantees that clinical workflow is clinical in nature and includes a patient safety perspective. As this article in the Online Journal of Nursing articulates, nurse leaders and development teams need to use their influence to drive meaningful use in the direction of safe, patient-centered care that highlights the value of the care provided by nurses.
Nurses are in key positions to know their patients and understand clinical best practices and nursing workflows that support excellent patient care. When nurses take an active role in developing policies and procedures related to the use of the electronic health record, quality nursing care will be achieved that is safe and patient centered.
Are you using your clinical expertise to impact interoperability in your organization? Share your challenges and how you overcame them.

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Saluting Fortune’s 20 top places to work in healthcare

August 13, 2015

In healthcare, especially, health is the most personal, critical and valuable thing in life. Caregivers—in particular nurses—are the focal point of a care-centered approach within clinical care environments, and quite frankly, I was interested to see which organizations made the Fortune top 20 list of great places to work in healthcare, because if we could bottle what they have and replicate that throughout the entire health delivery system, wouldn’t every healthcare organization be a great place to work?

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Insanity not allowed

March 18, 2015

Our healthcare system requires a HIT revolution, a drastic change in the way we deliver care by utilizing IT in new and innovative ways. Insanely deploying IT, to replicate the processes and workflows that currently deliver our poor results on so many measures, only guarantees continued suboptimal and unacceptable outcomes. To change, we need to focus on three areas: 1) Processes and workflows, 2) Information technology tools, and 3) Healthcare provider tasks, duties and responsibilities.

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Are you ready for value-based reimbursement?

January 9, 2015

-Mark Weber, Chief Business Information Officer, Infor Healthcare For more than a half-century, healthcare provider organizations in the United States worked under a volume-based reimbursement …

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