One of the ways that HITECH Answers is different from other media sites is the sense of community. The thought leaders in our community are good about sharing their thoughts on the issues of today. Here are the top read and shared guest posts of April.Read More
By Terry Hayes – It’s easy for patients to feel lost in our healthcare system. Between multiple doctors, nurses in and out of exam rooms, tests, re-tests, a handful of prescriptions—not to mention the complex web of how to actually pay for care—patients can feel like they’re caught in a convoluted situation, with rules they don’t understand.
By Terry Hayes – Regardless of the hospital or specialty office, nurses are an essential piece of patient-centered healthcare delivery models. As a former pediatric nurse practitioner, I know firsthand the amount of responsibilities nurses juggle, all while maintaining the personal, bedside manner needed to ensure patients and their families feel comfortable and knowledgeable about treatment and care.
By Terry Hayes – Keeping healthcare information flowing to the right people, at the right time, creates the potential for more effective patient care and population health management. However, a greater number of moving parts also means greater risk.
By Terry Hayes – For years, there have been studies showing that clinicians are decreasing time spent with patients due to competing demands. Nurses say that out of a 12-hour shift, only two hours are spent on direct patient care, and doctors spend only 27.5 percent of their daily working time with their patients.