Discussions Prompt One
The use of informatics is critical to home health care as well as related community-based systems. To begin with, using electronic documentation quickens the process of identifying changes in the status of a patient since the information is made readily available (Sweeney, 2017). What is more, with informatics, trending of vital signs of patients is made accessible, making it possible for the data to be interpreted, organized, and arranged. This knowledge also helps healthcare practitioners to formalize a suitable plan of action (Sweeney, 2017). My experience with such healthcare settings has not been a welcoming one since most of the community-based systems and home health care I have visited did not employ the use of informatics in their care. However, I am expecting to have more contact with such settings in the future since healthcare systems are embracing technology into their daily practices at a faster rate. As such, I am optimistic that such settings will assimilate informatics to help improve the care they provide to patients.
Discussions Prompt Two
Electronic health records are increasingly becoming the cornerstone of contemporary healthcare provisions. However, as Simpson (2015) opines, the development as well as implementation of EHRs still remain a global challenge due to the fact that some physicians and patients do not believe that the use of such systems essentially increase the quality of care, hence are not satisfied with them. As a result of the critical role that EHRs play in improving the quality of care, there is need to embrace a significant degree of this survey activity in under routine data collection as well as in exchange activities to ensure that EHR systems are used across the entire health as well as social care sector, for purposes of providing data to manifold stakeholders.
Sweeney, J. (2017). Healthcare Informatics. On-Line Journal of Nursing Informatics, 21(1).
Simpson, K. R. (2015). Electronic health records. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 40(1), 68.