Health informatics

**DEADLINE: FRIDAY 3/5/2021 BY 08:00 PM EST**
 
INSTRUCTIONS: Respond to your colleague, asking questions to help clarify the scenario and application of data, or offering additional/alternative ideas for the application of nursing informatics principles.
**Use at least 2 references**
 
Annemary Kimani 
 
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Health informatics is a term that describes the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of healthcare information to foster better collaboration among a patient’s various healthcare providers. Health informatics plays a critical role in the push toward healthcare reform. Healthcare Informatics is defined as “the integration of healthcare sciences, computer science, information science, and cognitive science to assist in managing healthcare information” (Saba & McCormick, 2015, p. 232).
Scenario
 
My scenario will be on reducing the rate of Hospital Readmissions in the unit I work. After reading through this week’s resources, I realized a gap that needs bridging in my work unit. Norris, Hinrichs, & Brown tell us, “gaps are present between the technology and the process. Informatics can help bridge that gap. Skills needed include the understanding of data collection, storage, and extraction, in addition to an appreciation for the power of data to drive and inform practice” (2015, p. 11-12). The rate of patient readmission in my unit is overwhelming. Working in a mental health crisis and assessment can be very challenging, and it hurts to see a patient discharged after four to seven days came back the same day or the next day after discharge seeking the same help. The federal government has estimated the annual cost of Medicare readmissions to be $26 billion per year, with $17 billion considered avoidable. (“Reducing hospital readmissions: The value of analytics,” 2019). The organization seems to have failed in tracking these numbers and try to figure out ways to reduce this problem.
 
As a nurse, I will use health informatics in the form of a spreadsheet to acquire, store, retrieve and analyze the data of those patients who have multiple admissions within three months. Doing so will help communicate and collaborate better with clinical improvement teams, doctors, and the administration to focus on specific clinical measures needed to manage baseline mental health processes and outcomes of these patients to reduce readmission. Nursing informatics blends information and knowledge, enhancing communication among health care workers, improving efficiency, and providing overall good patient outcomes (Laureate Video File. 2018).
 
To sum up, health informatics and Nursing Informatics are very relevant in evolving health systems. Having a nurse informaticist guiding data-driven processes, educating nurses, and validating data quality, will advance health systems beyond the data platform to reach the nursing workforce to inform decisions at the healthcare delivery frontlines in the organizations we work. According to Sweeney (2017), nursing informaticists are the prime group to bridge the technology and clinical care gap. Without a strong clinician presence in the building and implementation process, gaps could remain.
 
 
References
Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). What is Informatics? [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
 
Norris, B. J., Hinrichs, D. J., & Brown, D. A. (2015). Meaningful Use Clinical Quality Measures and Beyond: Meeting the Challenges of eMeasurement. Nursing Informatics Today, 30(1), 8-12 5p
Reducing hospital readmissions: The value of analytics. (2019, October 23). Health Catalyst.  https://www.healthcatalyst.com/insights/reducing-hospital-readmissions-value-analytics
 
Saba, V. K. & McCormick, K. A. (2015). Essentials of nursing informatics (6th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
 Sweeney, J. (Feb, 2017). Healthcare Informatics. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 21(  1 ), Available at  http://www.himss.org/ojni
 
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