The technology and tools that are used to manage health information systems (HISs) include electronic medical records (EHRs), patient information systems and other clinical information systems. HIS is essential in healthcare because it allows for the storage, processing and retrieval information related to patient care and billing.
HIS technology has transformed the delivery of patient care within the nursing profession. HIS is used by nurses to view patient records and communicate with healthcare professionals. They also monitor patient outcomes. HIS also allows nurses to have access to evidence-based information and support systems for decision making, which has improved the patient outcome.
Electronic Health Records are an essential component of HIS. EHRs can be described as digital files that store patient data. They include medical histories, prescriptions, allergens, vaccine records, test results, etc. EHRs allow healthcare professionals to collaborate and communicate with each other in real time.
Nursing informatics is a field that integrates nursing science with information science and computer science in order to communicate and manage healthcare data. NI focuses upon the application of technology to enhance patient care, safety and outcome. NI is essential in nursing practice because it helps nurses provide safe, efficient, and effective care for patients.
A trend that is becoming increasingly common in the NI sector is mobile health (mHealth), which includes smartphones, tablets and other wearable devices. Patients can track and communicate with their healthcare providers using these technologies. mHealth Technologies provide nurses with a way to share and collect real-time information, as well as communication and collaboration.
A trend that is becoming increasingly common in NI involves the application of data analytics for improved patient outcomes. Data analytics refers to the analysis of healthcare data using statistical models, algorithms, or machine learning. Data analytics is a tool that nurses can use to predict outcomes and identify patterns in patient care.
Despite all the positive aspects of HIS/NI, there are still many issues. The interoperability and compatibility of EHRs is a problem. EHRs can only be used within one healthcare system. This makes it difficult for healthcare providers and patients to share their records with different healthcare systems. Medical errors can result from this lack of interoperability and patient safety.
Cyber attacks and data breaches are another concern. Healthcare data can be highly valuable and confidential, which makes it a tempting target for cybercriminals. For patient safety and prevention of breaches, all healthcare professionals including nurses must comply with strict security protocol.
HIS and NI, in conclusion have revolutionized nursing practice across all settings and domains. EHRs and mHealth technologies are just a few of the trends that will shape the future of NI. For HIS to continue improving patient outcomes and care, it is important to address data security and interoperability issues.