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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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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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Social Conquest of Medicine III: 10 Recommendations

The benefits of sharing this data are just too great to be ignored on both a personal and population level, and people now approve of sharing medical data to improve care by an overwhelming majority.We have a unique opportunity to drive the Social Conquest of Medicine, to work together to solve big problems–the key will be to find the right middle line between transparency and privacy. Based on exploring the 23andMe case, here’s what author Leonard Kish thinks we can do.

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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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