Informatics

Exploring how informatics supports/detracts from collaboration and information exchange in nursing and/or healthcare.

A general discourse accords that informatics combines the process of gathering data, presenting it to bolster deduction of essential meaning and comprehension, as well as management of information to fabricate new ideas that can be utilized to distinguish and fathom problems associated with healthcare services. (Snyder, Wu, & Wolff, 2012). Alternatively, ANA (American Nurses Association) characterizes nursing informatics as a claim that incorporates, software, data, and nursing sciences​ to oversee and impart information, data, learning, and shrewdness in nursing practices. This definition is correlative with the meaning of clinical informatics, which analyses the convergence of informatics with the precise knowledge and ideas of a clinical space (Snyder, Wu, & Wolff, 2012).

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One aspect in which wellbeing informatics is important is that progresses in innovation encourages patient-focused care (Snyder, Wu, & Wolff, 2012). Informatics can avail a mechanism to patients to give their nurses basic data, to freely share data with family members, companions, and other ill people around them. Sharing of data may empower patients to apply more noteworthy control over their care. Nurses may utilize data frameworks such as electronic restorative records, to manage patient care services or impart data to different nurses. Patients and nursed may utilize correspondence apparatuses and data assets to interface with each other in new ways (Snyder, Wu, & Wolff, 2012). On the contrary, whereas informatics can encourage the accessibility of critical data, technological innovation can likewise expand bureaucracy, add to dehumanization, and meddle with nurse-patient interconnections (Snyder, Wu, & Wolff, 2012). Therefore, alert in utilizing new data assets is justified to evade dependence on wrong or bias information, and nurse may need to direct patients to proper data assets. Maybe the most prominent test for both patients and suppliers is recognizing quality data that improves the associations between nurses and patients.

In decision-making, combining technology and knowledge may help nurses diagnose some potential syndromes in patients early. For instance, with the availability of electronic documentation, changes in the status of patients can be easily identified because the data about is easy to access and retrieve (Snyder, Wu, & Wolff, 2012). The trend of the interpreted and organized data of the critical signs and symptoms of the patient is readily accessible. As such, the nurse can, therefore, apply their knowledge in conjunction with the available information to generate a reasonable action plan to attend to the patient. However, one critical concern is that, although access to patient personal medical records can he beneficial, this practice is against the heath care privacy policy (Herrick, Gorman & Goodman, 2010). If any nurse can access the medical records, it means that this act violets a patient’s right to medical privacy.

One of the reasons that might hinder information exchange between a nurse and a patient is the ill person’s fear of lack of privacy (Herrick, Gorman & Goodman, 2010). For instance, celebrities might fear leakage of their conditions in public hence most of them tend to shy off from sharing complete information about their health with regular nurses. Some also fear that although saving data in a server system could be important, it is also risky because of cyber hacking and unauthentic access as well as the corruption of patients’ information. Hence, to ensure the privacy of patients’ medical records, ANA need to impose strict fines to nurses who attempt to leak or access patients’ information without authorization (Herrick, Gorman & Goodman, 2010). Additionally, it should be plainly known that such malicious acts could cost the nurses ​theirs jobs. More so, to secure the computer system of the hospital from hacking, the hospital IT persons need to generate an automatic command that would require a certain IP user to change their passwords occasionally (Herrick, Gorman, & Goodman, 2010).

 

References

Snyder, F. C., Wu, W. A., & Wolff, C. A. (2012). The Role of Informatics in Promoting Patient-Centered Care. Cancer J. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2012 Jul 1.

Herrick, M. D., Gorman, L., & Goodman, C. J. (2010). Nation Center for Policy Analysis. Health Information Technology: Benefits and Problems. Policy Report, No. 327.