Author Archive | Jennifer Thew, RN, MSJ

Make the Connection: Using Tech to Find Mental Health Resources

Mental illness still carries a huge stigma, causing embarrassment for those with mental illness that often prevents them for reaching out for help when they are struggling. Fear of being judged as unstable, potentially violent or “crazy” can prevent those with mental illness from getting the help they need. Access to mental health care also has historically been a challenge.

Technology is one possible way to help breakdown stigma and barriers to care and can provide a tool to help raise awareness and build support. Here are some ways the tech community can help those with mental illness.

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The State of Nursing Informatics

Just as general technology has changed over the past decade, so too has the field of nursing informatics. In February, HIMSS released its most recent survey on nursing informatics, which spans back to 2004. Here are some findings on the state of the field from the HIMSS 2014 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey, followed by a few questions the results raised with author Jennifer Thew, RN.

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What Interested Nurses at HIMSS14?

Nurse author Jennifer Thew discusses educational sessions at HIMSS14 of high importance and interest to nurses. She says, ‘Because IT can be a process driver, it’s a chance to work with other nurse leaders and executives to develop and nurture new and efficient patient care workflows. It’s also an opportunity to make the bedside nurses’ jobs more efficient by developing a process and selecting a product to allow them to spend more time with the patient at the bedside.’

Nurses: What were your thoughts about these sessions, and others?

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Opening Up About Medical Records: OpenNotes Gives Patients Access to Provider Notes

Who has the right to read a patient’s chart? What sort of discussion should take place around physicians’ notes? Will patients be upset with what is written in the chart? How will physicians handle it if they are questioned by patients? Is there a culture of retribution against patients who ask questions?

Many of these questions were addressed in The OpenNotes project. The study, which began in 2010 and involved more than 100 primary care doctors from three U.S. medical institutions, explored how sharing physicians’ notes may affect health care… the results were staggering.

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Should Physicians or Patients be Responsible for Health History Accuracy?

Jennifer Thew, RN, provides a personal story about medical errors that illustrates the need for better patient involvement in their care, which begins with ownership of patient data. The future possibility of patient-generated health data being incorporated into the patient’s actual medical record, per meaningful use proposals, poses many difficult questions such as, ‘Who needs to accept responsibility here?’ A great post that needs your comments.

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The 12 Ways of Giving: Opportunities for the Health IT Community to Give Back

Giving is near and dear to author Jennifer Thew, who was raised Catholic and attended Catholic school from kindergarten through high school and helping the poor or others in need was a part of the curriculum. Click the link to learn more about the 12 different organizations and causes she thinks are worthy of the health IT community’s attention, and a good way to give back.

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Happy Dreams: Technology Can Both Ruin and Revitalize Sleep Habits

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50 to 70 million Americans have a sleep or wakefulness disorder. Factors that contribute to sleep disturbances include medication, illness, and stress. So do two things common to the health care industry – shift work (particularly night shift) and technology. Both are messing with our circadian rhythms. What are your tips for working the night shift and/or breaking through insomnia?

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