Author Archive | Jennifer Thew, RN, MSJ

Carrots Vs. Sticks: Can Consumer Data be Used to Promote Healthy Habits?

What are health systems doing with purchasing information provided by patients? Some are placing it into a system that takes the data and assigns risk scores to patients. If your consumer activity points to unhealthy behaviors, you earn a higher risk score and perhaps a phone call from your physician or a nurse. Is this the right approach to encourage healthy behaviors? Jennifer Thew explores this classic encouragement vs punishment approach.

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Patient Satisfaction: Who’s Paying the Price for Happy Patients?

I admit I was skeptical when I first heard about the patient satisfaction component to Medicare reimbursement that was part of the Affordable Care Act. I still am a bit. I definitely think patients should be satisfied with their experiences and get the best care they can get, but I’ve often felt like institutional attempts to make patients happy are attempts to cover up for poor patient care.

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Getting Hip to HIPAA: A Primer

The three main provisions in the act are the portability provisions, the tax provisions and the administrative simplification provisions. The Privacy Rule falls under the simplification provision. Why is that? The third provision is an attempt to standardize electronic transmission of health data and the Privacy Rule was developed to create security standards regarding this information.

What does HIPAA really mean? Here’s a brief primer for to help make the legislation less scary and more helpful.

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Don’t Stop Believin’: Work to Avoid Confirmation Bias in Health IT

Why would anyone who is presented with hard evidence choose to believe otherwise?

What if those opposed to EHR use kept a log of what they expected to happen (e.g., less time with patients, increased work load) and compared it to a log of what was actually happening? They might have a different perspective and see they aren’t working longer hours. The same advice goes for those pushing for the implementation of new technology. You have to acknowledge what is actually happening – nurses working longer shifts – and compare it to what you hoped would happen. We have to be willing to change our views when faced with real-world experiences.

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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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