Enormous technological changes in medicine and healthcare are heading our way. These trends have a variety of stakeholders: patients, medical professionals, researchers, medical students, and consumers. In Part 1 of this article, we look at the technology trends already underway today, or those that will likely have an impact on us in the near future.
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Many of us who work in health informatics sometimes struggle to articulate what it is we do. How many of you have parents, spouses, or older children who only have the vaguest notion about what you do and what it means? The breadth of the field means that it’s often difficult to enumerate and explain areas outside of our own area of emphasis.
I like infographics, because at their best they visually portray a concept in such a way as to make it easily understandable, even to those who are less familiar with the domain. At their worst they are biased, self-serving, misleading marketing pieces. Of course, an infographic can never convey the nuance and detail that can be communicated in an effective document or presentation, but is an overview.
From a visual standpoint, my problem with most infographics is that they usually have a very tall aspect ratio, and therefore better suited for blogs than for presentations.
This infographic from the University of Illinois at Chicago, does a reasonable job of explaining the field and it richness. It does not cover everything (and contains some glaring omissions, such as not even mentioning information science and not explaining fields like bioinformatics). But for what it does cover, which is an overview of the benefits of clinical informatics, EHRs, and consumer health informatics, it’s a reasonable overview:
Objectives: We will provide a context to health information technology systems (HIT) safety hazards discussions, describe how electronic health record–computer prescriber order entry (EHR-CPOE) simulation has already identified unrecognized hazards...
NI2014 - the 12th International Congress on Nursing Informatics - will be held on 21-25 June, 2014 in the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC). NI2014 is organised by the Taiwan Nursing Informatics Association ...
International Journal of Medical Informatics, Volume 82, Issue 5, Pages e139-e148, May 2013, Authors:Farah Magrabi; Jos Aarts; Christian Nohr; Maureen Baker; Stuart Harrison; Sylvia Pelayo; Jan Talmon; Dean F.
With the proliferation of mobile devices and mobile applications in the health care industry, one significant advantage to the explosion of mobile health is the ability to deliver care more efficiently and improve patient safety. Clinicians are rapidly adopting mobile health technology; according the HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey, 45% of clinicians are using mobile technology to communicate across teams, collect data at the bedside, monitor patients and use bar code scanners on mobile devices. While these efficiencies are optimizing the continuum of care, mobile technology is also impacting patients.
Communication and alerting across the care team is critical, however ineffective processes can be detrimental to patient safety. The ECRI Institute identified alarm fatigue one of the biggest technology hazards in 2013 and will remain top of the list for 2014. This issue has been recognized by The Joint Commission, which proposed a new 2014 national patient safety goal of alarm management. Cerner has launched a comprehensive suite of capabilities which will not only help address this safety goal, but will reach well beyond it. The program will help weed out nuisance alarms, leaving only those that are actionable. It provides additive context and visibility to the clinician and introduces advanced analytic and decision support capabilities.
Enormous technological changes in medicine and healthcare are heading our way. These trends have a variety of stakeholders: patients, medical professionals, researchers, medical students, and consumers. In Part 2 of this article, we look at the technology trends that are still several years away or in much earlier stages of development.
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