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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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Big Things in Patient Engagement: Context and Transparency

It was apparent that health IT is really moving toward accountable, value-based care, which ultimately has its success rooted in better decisions by patients, physicians and caregivers. The interoperability must ultimately lead to delivering more transparent cost and quality data in context. To make effective decisions, and to effectively engage, we must understand all the factors influencing a person at a given time, we must understand contexts, and get key information placed into that context. That’s how we can put mHealth, interoperability and patient engagement into a framework that drives patient engagement.

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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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