Considering your selected topic, what healthcare teams would be essential to help support your new project implementation? How would each identified team help support the integration and outcomes you plan to achieve? Consider aspects related to communication, collaboration and professional organizations for best practices in healthcare informatics.
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Healthcare informatics provides an intersection between patients, nurses, clinicians, and hospital managers as far as information sharing is concerned (Annappa, 2021). My current practice setting is in the community health department. The coordination of services in this department involves setting up temporary clinics, mobile clinics, or permanent clinics to attend to the needs of the public. I am actively involved in promoting healthy behaviors, offering disease prevention services such as immunization, and tracking and preventing the spread of epidemics such as Covid-19. Together with my college nurses, our clarion call is to provide care to those who cannot afford hospital care services and promote practices that enhance community well-being. Healthcare informatics is heavily utilized in coordinating and dispensing community care services.
Healthcare informatics collects and analyzes community health data to establish healthcare trends in a community. Some of the data collected include uptake of healthcare products, including over-the-counter and subscription medicines. Also, we examine reporting of healthcare problems to healthcare professionals and compare with electronic health records (EHRs) within the hospitals. This comparison aims to establish whether people go to hospital when ill or resolve to self-diagnosis and over-the-counter medication. Such information enables us to set our priority areas. In our engagement with community members, we use a server system to recommend cases that require immediate medical attention, such as screening for a possible underlying health condition. The monitoring is done using the EHRs of individual patients, and the medical history is used to design patient-centered care. Other activities that rely on informatics include sensitization and sharing healthcare information using eHealth applications to help chronically ill patients. We also train communities on accessing healthcare information and remote healthcare services by linking them to specialists via websites or eHealth applications.
From my experience, healthcare informatics is critical in sharing healthcare knowledge, enhancing patient participation in care, and saving healthcare costs. Nurses can provide patient-centered care through the utilization of patient information as captured in EHRs (Xu et al., 2021). Healthcare delivery has been synchronized and coordinated because patients can remotely access healthcare information from specialists in a dozen hospitals. Through my practice, we have sensitized the public on monitoring blood pressure and blood sugar levels and reporting any health concerns. Healthcare informatics is central in improving public health outcomes because patients and public members actively participate in matters affecting their well-being.
Annappa, B., Kumar, M. M., & Thomas, L. (2021). Foundations of healthcare informatics. In Demystifying Big Data, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning for Healthcare Analytics (pp. 3-15). Academic Press.
Xu, J., Glicksberg, B. S., Su, C., Walker, P., Bian, J., & Wang, F. (2021). Federated learning for healthcare informatics. Journal of Healthcare Informatics Research, 5(1), 1-19.