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Der kommer løbende et stigende antal nyheder om, hvordan sygeplejersker anvender IT i deres daglige praksis. Jeg har fundet at formatet på denne side ikke længer er det rette til at præsentere dem slags nyheder. Mine nyhedspræsentationer er derfor flyttet over på min blog http://raymondkolbaek.blogspot.com/ hvor jeg vil fortsætte med at forsøge at informere om udviklingen, ved at komme med korte oplysninger om hvad der sker og hvor der kan hentes yderligere oplysninger.

Denne side vil blive stående som et slags arkiv over den del af udviklingen, som jeg havde blik for , men vil ikke længere blive opdateret.

11.04.06

PDA baseret værktøj for stomi sygeplejersker frigivet

12.04.06 Royal College of Nursing udgiver retningslinier for brugen af tekstbeskeder i kommunikation med børn/unge
18.04.06 Et stigende antal læge og sygeplejeskoler kræver at de stud. anskaffer PDA'er
19.06.06

Web-Based Tool Aims To Connect Nurses

06.09.06

Nurses Not Trained for IT

14.09.06

Purdue receives nursing grant Will help boost 2-year-old doctorate program

14.11.06

Connecticut Nurses Treat Patients Via Video Consultations

27.11.06

Physicians in England Use Medical Simulation Programs

28.11.06

Cancer Patients Might Benefit From Online Message Boards

8.12.06

Health Care Blogs Detail Patient Experiences

8.12.06

UK University Uses Patient Simulators as Teaching Tools

11.12.06

Online Tools Help Cancer Patients Select Treatments

2.01.07 Social-Networking Sites Let Patients, Providers Share Data
5.01.07 South Korean Obstetric Students Use Patient Simulator
8.01.07 PHRs Can Help Patients Manage Their Care
22.01.07 'Nurse bots' to be developed by 2010
30.0107 MySpace for Healthcare? Much Closer Than You Think
19.03.07 Researchers Using IT To Get Medical Devices To Talk
19.03.07 Patients Turning to Internet for Health-Related Information
26.03.07 Medical Students Learn Heartbeats on iPods
NY 30-04-07 Nurses' Involvement With IT Systems Increasing

 

 
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NY Nurses' Involvement With IT Systems Increasing
As hospitals continue to develop and adopt electronic health record systems, the demand for nurse informaticists, who can serve as a link between IT and clinical care, has increased, the Dallas Morning News reports.
At least 75% of nurse informaticists are developing or helping their health care facilities adopt clinical information or documentation systems, according to an industry survey. However, so few nurses have doctoral degrees in informatics that nursing schools are having difficulty finding qualified faculty to help train new nurses for the role.
"Many nurses working in nursing informatics roles learn on the job, building on their nursing experience with information management," Poldi Tschirch, director of nursing informatics at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, said.
Patricia Dykes, head of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's nursing informatics committee, said, "I see a wider recognition of the value that nurses with advanced education in informatics bring to system design, implementation and evaluation."
Though beneficial, some nurses and other health care providers can get an IT position without formal certification, Valerie Anderson, a registered nurse and a patient care manager at Baylor Health System in Dallas, said.
"It is not enough to have programmers and engineers designing and implementing these systems," Mary Beth Mitchell, director of clinical informatics at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, said (Kreimer, Dallas Morning News, 4/29).
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Medical Students Learn Heartbeats on iPods
Temple University medical professor Michael Barrett has created MP3s of computer-generated heartbeat noises to help students listen to and learn different heart murmurs on their iPods, MSNBC.com/Newsweek reports. Barrett said last weekend at the annual conference of the American College of Cardiology that after listening to more than 400 MP3s of heartbeats, students were able to discern the difference between healthy and abnormal heartbeats. Another group of internists tested Barrett's program and could identify 80% of murmurs correctly after the iPod training.
Barrett said repetition aids in the learning of heart murmurs, and by surveying students, he found that 400 repetitions could teach students the difference between different types of murmurs.
The ACC also has made the heartbeat recordings available for download on its Web site and in compact disc form, MSNBC.com/Newsweek reports (Carmichael, MSNBC.com/Newsweek, 3/25).
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Patients Turning to Internet for Health-Related Information
While millions of U.S. residents search online for health information, it still is unclear whether the trend will create a new era of health consumerism, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
For-profit, not-for-profit and government organizations are rating and comparing health providers based on performance measures and patient outcome; however, the process often shows little difference between the providers. The data mostly come from hospital billing records, which some experts say are too underdeveloped to provide meaningful information on clinical care, the Inquirer reports.
Revolution Health has created a new Web site that can be used to compare surgeons' rates of complications, view death rates for procedures at local hospitals and read patient comments about the quality of care. The Web site, which is live now but officially launches next month, plans to combine different online health resources and provide general information about treatment options and diseases.
The number of Web sites offering more informational health data also is increasing. For example, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia recently launched a Web site that helps users locate information on health clinics, flu shots and other guides.
Most people, however, still rely on the recommendations of friends, family and their physicians when deciding where to receive care, Ronald Paulus, chief technology and innovation officer at the Geisinger Health System, said (Goldstein, Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/19).
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NY  Researchers Using IT To Get Medical Devices To Talk
University of New Hampshire researchers are working to link up computerized hospital beds and blood pressure monitors -- equipment that previously has not been able to share information, the New Hampshire Business Review reports.
A patient's blood pressure can vary when a bed is raised or lowered, yet the current monitor does not account for such fluctuation. Researchers are looking into the use of CANopen, a communications protocol that uses common hardware and software packages while maintaining the electronic propriety of each medical instrument.
"The most challenging part of this project has been trying to get information from the manufacturers, who are trying to protect their rights," John Lacourse, principal investigator of the project and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UNH, said.
Lacourse ultimately hopes to demonstrate that different electronic medical instruments in operating rooms can communicate and control others. The technology would use CANopen software installed by manufacturers for electronic beds, ventilation systems, and ultrasound, blood pressure and electrocardiogram monitors.
The technology also could be used for electronic home monitoring devices, where interoperability would be even more important, the Business Review reports.
The project is supported by a grant from the New Hampshire Industrial Research Center, in conjunction with IXXAT and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (New Hampshire Business Review, 3/16).

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ySpace for Healthcare? Much Closer Than You Think
Even though few people can clearly define Web 2.0, many of its emerging components such as blogs, wikis, video-sharing – social networking activities -- have made millionaires of a whole new breed of geeky entrepreneur. Google paid more than $1.6bn for YouTube. By some accounts FaceBook is valued at over $600 million. And the $580 million News Corp. paid for MySpace looks like a bargain.
Does the social networking trend matter in healthcare? Several new companies are betting the answer is "yes."
The most prominent of these is Revolution Health, the company backed by AOL founder Steve Case. It launched its website in late December, and already has blogs, community message boards, consumer health information, and a host of tools on offer. You can even read Case's blog.
Revolution is by no means alone. Organized Wisdom launched its core site in October 2006. It started providing access to content from HealthWise, and the ability for consumers to create "WisdomCards"— information about how they handled particular health issues. Around the same time, DailyStrength.org appeared. It hosts communities around particular diseases, and allows people to connect, message and share experiences within 600 online communities. DailyStrength's CEO Doug Hirsch says communities discussing depression, bereavement, divorce, cystic fibrosis, and autism are among the most popular.
Other similar sites include Patients Like Me, a community currently focused on ALS.
While email list-serves for patients have been around for a decade-plus, Hirsch (who used to run Yahoo Groups) believes patients and caregivers like tools that help them support each other. Coming next are tools that help them set goals, rate providers, and diagnose problems. OrganizedWisdom says his site will add messaging and tools "to build around the wisdom." The idea is the collective experience will help others far into the future.
Healthcare social networking generally is experiencing steep traffic growth, much of it based on search engines or user referrals. OrganizedWisdom claims over 1.3 million visits last month, in part from re-routing traffic from 35 condition-specific sites. DailyStrength claims over 120,000 unique visitors with 20,000 registered users. Remember that both these sites are less than four months old. Both are planning to monetize their communities by taking clearly delineated advertising and sponsorship.
Another new social networking site called Sermo, which allows only physicians to register, is showing even faster growth. It has already 6,000 registered users, and CEO Daniel Palestrand says more than 400 are joining each week. Sermo allows physicians to ask and answer questions and share opinions on a wide range of medical issues, and rank each other's answers. Sermo aggregates that data and sells it to financial companies, government agencies, and eventually (but not yet) pharmaceutical companies.
The model is convincing enough that last week Sermo raised a second round of funding of $9.5m, while both OrganizedWisdom and DailyStrength already have raised smaller amounts. It seems that venture capitalists, at least, think social networking in healthcare is well on its way.
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The European Union is funding scientists to develop 'nurse bots', mechanised robots designed to perform basic tasks such as mopping up spillages, taking messages and guiding visitors to hospital beds.
It is hoped that in the future teams of bots working together may be used to help ease pressure on hospitals and free staff to spend more time with patients. An initial three nurse bot system will be developed as a prototype by 2010.
In the future more advanced nurse bots could even be used to distribute medicines and even monitor the temperature of patients remotely with laser thermometers or thermal cameras.
The EU 'IWARD' project imagines that in the future the intelligent robots will work in teams and be able to communicate with each other. Scientists from the universities of Warwick, Cardiff, Dublin and Newcastle are among the engineers and software experts taking part.
Nurse bots could potentially work alongside robo-surgeons, already in use at a small number of hospitals intenationally.
Dr Robert Bicker, senior lecturer at Newcastle University's told local paper 'The Journal': "These robots would communicate with each other in what's called a swarm. They would have their own intelligence and, in theory, be able to optimise what they're all doing.
He said potential uses for the bots would be to clean wards, transport samples and specimens or even move patients around a hospital: "If the robot can sense where it is and how to get to the X-ray department, and has the capacity to push a patient in a wheelchair, that could be another role.
Dr Picker said there was also scope for bots to perform some nursing duties "If the robot had a thermal imaging camera it could observe the patient to see if they are too hot or cold, maybe during the night when there's only limited nursing staff available and most patients are asleep."
Project leader Thomas Schlegel, from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, told The Engineer magazine: "The idea is not only to have mobile robots but also a full system of integrated information terminals and guide lights, so the hospital is full of interaction and intelligence.
"Operating as a completely decentralised network means that the robots can co-ordinate things between themselves, such as deciding which one would be best-equipped to deal with a spillage or to transport medicine."
Each 'nurse bot' will consist of a mobile platform mounted with a module of sensors and equipment for different tasks. While the hardware and modules can employ off-the-shelf technology, making the robots sufficiently intelligent and autonomous will be the greatest challenge.
Another suggested use of the nurse bots would be to guide people around the hospital. It is envisaged that the robots will be fitted with sensors and cameras, allowing them to avoid collisions while travelling through wards and corridors. High-speed lanes could allow them to move from place to place quickly.
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bullet PHRs Can Help Patients Manage Their Care

Some advocates are urging patients to create electronic personal health records (PHR) that can store their health data, such as current medications, immunizations and health insurance information, the Louisville Courier-Journal/USA Today reports.
Patients own, control and maintain their PHRs, and they can determine who can access their PHRs' contents. Proponents of the technology say it can help health care providers increase efficiency and improve patient safety. PHR tools and services also can remind patients to make follow-up appointments and issue alerts.
By creating a PHR, "you have the information and you become your own advocate for making sure the right information is available to the right people at the right time," said Wendy Angst, general manager of CapMed, a PHR tools vendor.
More than 24 tools and services are available to create a PHR, the Courier-Journal/USA Today reports. Some of the services are available at no cost, while others can cost up to $500 (Stahl, Louisville Courier-Journal/USA Today, 1/5). Sakset fra http://www.ihealthbeat.org

 
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South Korean Obstetric Students Use Patient Simulator
Kyunghee University Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, has purchased robots to give medical students experience delivering newborns, Reuters/Yahoo! News reports. South Korea's birthrate averages 1.08 children per woman, one of the lowest in the world.
Jung Eui, a professor at the medical center, said South Korea's low birthrate makes it difficult for students to watch and practice delivering infants.
The patient simulator, called Noelle, and the newborn robot can be used to conduct normal deliveries, as well as breech births and Caesarean section deliveries, Jung said. Students take turns monitoring Noelle's vital signs and delivering the baby. The lights on the hands and cheeks of the infant indicate its health, Reuters/Yahoo! News reports. Blue lights mean there are problems, while pink lights indicate that everything is normal.
The medical center is the first facility in South Korea to use Noelle, which was purchased from Gaumard Scientific for $20,000 (Reuters, Yahoo! News, 1/4). January 05, 2007 Sakset fra http://www.ihealthbeat.org

 

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Social-Networking Sites Let Patients, Providers Share Data
Health care Web sites provide virtual communities that let patients share information on treatment and coping and allow advocacy groups, government agencies and health care providers to inform consumers about relevant health news, the Wall Street Journal reports.
One Web site, called DailyStrength.org, allows patients and providers to join support communities, start a wellness journal, share advice, recommend physicians and link to Web sites that contain disease information.
The American Cancer Society and CDC have been experimenting with a three-dimensional Web site, called Second Life, to test the dissemination of news about nutrition awareness, cancer screening and infectious disease prevention. Second Life, which requires software to use, provides an alternative way to educate large numbers of people, especially teenagers, about new treatments and health dangers, according to the Journal.
The American Cancer Society also has launched its own health social-networking Web site for its annual Relay for Life event and next year plans to launch other sites that focus on tobacco, prevention and volunteerism. The organization next year also plans to add features, such as:
* A "My ACS" portal for customized health information searches;
* A "Health Reminder Assistant" to transmit health data and advice via telephone, instant messages and e-mail;
* An interactive "Great American Health Suite," which will focus on prevention; and
* Desktop "widgets" that can help consumers find cancer information quickly and allow patients to interact with one another, the Journal reports.
Online collaborations known as "wikis" also are developing to improve community plans for public health emergencies, such as a flu pandemic planning Web site, the Journal reports.
Laurel Simmons, a project director at the not-for-profit Institute for Healthcare Improvement, said it is too early to know if health social-networking Web sites will flourish because they depend on member participation (Landro, Wall Street Journal, 12/27/06).  January 02, 2007 Sakset fra http://www.ihealthbeat.org


 

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Online Tools Help Cancer Patients Select Treatments
Computer program "decision aids" are being used by cancer patients to help them choose the most effective treatment options, the Chicago Tribune reports. According to the Tribune, many of the computer programs "can be accessed by patients on their own, though they are best used in consultation with a doctor."
Adjuvant! Online and Numeracy, used by the Mayo Clinic, help translate technical information about cancer treatments into terms patients can understand, and Decision Board helps women with breast cancer decide between mastectomies and lumpectomies and provides an online calculator to help men decide whether to have biopsies to diagnose prostate cancer. The computer programs help cancer patients at a time when they "have more information than ever" and physicians "often have access to less time for counseling," the Tribune reports.
Kathy Albain, director of the breast cancer research program at Loyola University Medical Center, said that "we're now in the era of tailored treatment." She added, "We can look at other characteristics of your cancer and come up with an individualized treatment plan that will give you better survival odds."
Peter Ravdin of the University of Texas in San Antionio, who developed Adjuvant! Online, said, "Decision-making is stressful. It requires a judgment call. It may be nicer to share the burden of the decision with the patient. When the patients are active, informed participants, they feel less stressed -- and so do the doctors" (Peres, Chicago Tribune, 12/11). December 11, 2006 Sakset fra http://www.ihealthbeat.org

 

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UK University Uses Patient Simulators as Teaching Tools
The University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom has started using mannequins that can simulate bleeding, talking and dying as part of a new $8.8 million training center, BBC News reports.
The mannequins cost about $265,000 and will be used by:
* Police officers;
* Firefighters; and
* Students in medicine, social work and dentistry.
Lesley Reynolds, the director of the center, said the mannequins can "breathe oxygen, drool, secrete fluids, blink, bleed" and react to injected drugs. "For example, the mannequins can simulate cardiac arrest. The students can then administer a medicine such as epinephrine to try and get the heart going again ... [i]f they get it wrong, the patient dies," she said.
Students and instructors also can watch the procedures via cameras and microphones in the facility (BBC News, 6/12).Sakset fra http://www.ihealthbeat.org
 

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Health Care Blogs Detail Patient Experiences
Health care blogs are not widely available yet, but individual surgeons and physicians might post more unfiltered information on the Internet soon, according to Dmitriy Kruglyak, who runs the Web site "The Medical Blog Network," the Boston Globe reports. Patients' conversations about treatments are "increasingly playing out online" for millions of readers, according to the Globe.
"You can now go beyond a dry encyclopedia article [online] and read a blog about real patient experience," Kruglyak said. Kruglyak on Wednesday spoke at the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium in Waltham, Mass., about how physicians, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies can keep up with blogs, podcasts and other new media sources on the Internet. "This means consumers have more choices where they get their health care information from," Kruglyak added.
The health care industry also is attempting to establish a presence beyond Web sites. Paul Levy, chief executive for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is one of the first hospital executives in the U.S. to have a blog, according to the Globe (Ryan, Boston Globe, 6/12).December 08, 2006 Sakset fra http://www.ihealthbeat.org
 

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 Cancer Patients Might Benefit From Online Message Boards
An NIH-funded clinical study at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing aims to determine whether private online message boards that let ovarian-cancer patients discuss symptoms and side effects with physicians and nurses are helpful, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Medical experts are interested in the role the Internet can play in filling "health care gaps" that affect patients' quality of life, according to the Journal. Ovarian cancer's high level of recurrence and multiple symptoms makes it appropriate for a study on symptom and pain management, the Journal reports.
"The focus of most of my conversations surrounds the diagnosis of the cancer, the treatment of the cancer itself," said Michael Method, a gynecological oncologist who advised on the study. "Issues as simple as constipation, which are major problems in these patients, don't get the time they deserve, so the quality of life may not be optimal."
Study participants spend nine weeks discussing symptoms and side effects with a nurse in private online exchanges while a control group receives care as usual. The two groups then switch and participants complete the study in 18 weeks. The school will continue the study until it has 90 participants.
After the study, participants are asked to complete evaluations of their quality of life, severity of symptoms and other issues, which researchers will examine to determine if the additional online communication benefited patients, the Journal reports. The online exchanges also might reduce costs by avoiding calls and appointments with physicians, said Heidi Donovan, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and head of the study (Lavallee, Wall Street Journal, 11/28). Sakset fra http://www.ihealthbeat.org
 

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Physicians in England Use Medical Simulation Programs
Physicians who recently have finished medical school in England are learning basic skills and surgical procedures through two virtual medical simulator programs developed by Medcom, BBC News reports.
One game -- which has been approved by the Royal College of Surgeons for physician training programs -- outlines foundation skills and demonstrates procedures such as lumbar punctures. Physicians can watch 3-D procedures and use notes to prepare for exams or operations. The United Kingdom's National Health Service's trusts, including Southampton University Hospitals, already have implemented the simulation package as part of their physician training program, BBC News reports.
The second simulation program shows surgical skills and techniques, such as removing a toenail and drilling into a skull. A trial of the Medcom program with surgical trainees in Liverpool found that trainees' knowledge increased by more than 50% after using the game, BBC News reports (BBC News, 11/27).
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 Connecticut Nurses Treat Patients Via Video Consultations
Nursing & Home Care in Wilton, Conn., has placed 17 telehealth video units in the homes of patients with conditions such as high blood pressure, respiratory illness and chronic pulmonary disease, the Stamford Advocate reports.
The program was launched in 2003 with a $45,000 grant from the New Canaan Community Foundation and Pitney Bowes, a provider of messaging management equipment. Nursing & Home Care has four nurses who specialize in the system, one of whom is a full-time employee, and provides telehealth consultations. The nurses visit patient homes once per week, the Advocate reports.
Sharon Bradley, executive director of Nursing & Home Care, said the technology is useful because serious health problems are detected early by nurses, which often eliminates trips to the emergency department. Bradley said patients "are less anxious about their medical conditions because they know they can get a nurse very quickly" (Damast, Stamford Advocate, 11/13). Sakset fra http://www.ihealthbeat.org

 

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Purdue receives nursing grant Will help boost 2-year-old doctorate program
WEST LAFAYETTE – A $2.49 million grant from a New York-based health trust will help Purdue University expand its nursing degree program, fund scholarships and implement an electronic medical records system.
About $660,000 of the grant from The Helene Fuld Health Trust will endow scholarships for Purdue’s doctor of nursing practice degree program, officials said.
The rest will support the program’s projects and equip Purdue’s five nursing clinics in and around Tippecanoe County with an electronic medical records system, said Julie Novak, who heads the nursing school.
Giving nurses hands-on experience with computer records systems will have a snowball effect on care by reducing medical errors, cutting costs and promoting best practices, she said.
The Helene Fuld Health Trust’s Web site identifies it as “the nation’s largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education” – a mission Novak said fits well with Purdue’s programs.
The grant comes two years into the establishment of Purdue’s doctor of nursing practice program, the 10th of its kind in the United States.
Melanie Braswell, a member of the first class accepted into the program, said the degree helps nurses focus on creating an efficient clinical setting by improving care through best practices and related research.
For her dissertation, she looked at how to reduce post-surgery infections of incision sites.
She’s compiled data that suggest administering an antibiotic one hour before surgery, and trimming rather than shaving the surgery site, can greatly reduce infection risks.
“I think this will open up so many more avenues between nursing students and the hospital setting,” Braswell said. Associated Press (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
 

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Nurses Not Trained for IT
E-Week By Stacy Lawrence : With health care organizations investing millions into IT, it may seem a little strange to find that most nurses receive little or no IT training. But that's exactly the result of one of the most comprehensive surveys to date about nurses and their IT work environment, conducted by health IT provider CDW Healthcare.
One of the most surprising findings was that one-quarter indicated they had received no IT training on the job over the last year, while another 56 percent said they had gotten only between one and eight hours of IT training.
Despite an aging population—the median age for a nurse in the United States is into the 50s and there is a chronic shortage of almost one-quarter of a million nurses—nurses are largely interested in learning about IT.
When asked what would have the greatest impact on improving their use of IT in their job, 55 percent responded that more training would help.
This survey consulted nurses in a variety of care settings, but those in organizations with nursing informatics positions are the most likely to have adequate training.
Only about four out of ten organizations had such a position, but if they did they were twice as likely to offer more than 16 hours of IT training per year.
Nurses say that they or their nurse managers are unlikely to be involved in the IT selection process. Only a little more than one-third indicate that nurses at their organization participate in choosing IT systems.
Still, they may fare better than physicians. Nurses report that only 14 percent believe that physicians at their institution are consulted about the use of IT.
"If a decision is coming down from a C-level executive and there's been little involvement from the nursing and physician constituencies, it's pretty tough to force doctors and nurses to use the IT systems that are being put in place," said Bob Rossi, general manager for CDW Healthcare.
Despite this potential disconnect, nurses spend a significant amount of time each day working with IT.
Of the respondents, 44 percent said they spend three or more hours daily using some IT device. The most common device, by far, is still the desktop computer, which 89 percent of them use, while 21 percent employ a laptop, 16 percent use computerized diagnostic equipment, 9 percent use a handheld device and only 3 percent use PC tablets.
The most common IT use for nurses is still e-mail. About seven out of 10 respondents said they use e-mail for daily work. Six out of ten nurses said they employed an electronic medical record everyday, while about half said they used IT to order patient tests or medications through a CPOE system.
Data gathering and analysis, image archiving as well as claims processing or insurance verification are all done using IT by about 10 to 15 percent of nurses surveyed.
Hospitals use television to improve patient care.
Beyond lack of training, other chronic frustrations are nagging nurses in their IT use. Chief among these issues are incompatible systems, unreliable systems and limited access to necessary systems.
More than one-third of nurses surveyed complained that each of these issues were a major barrier to their IT use. Lack of nurse training and the need to spend too much time helping doctors on the systems were among the most frustrating problems for about one-quarter of nurses.
Still, nurses are relatively optimistic about IT in their workplace. Eighty-six percent indicated that it has the potential to improve the quality of patient care. And most are happy with their IT group; nearly six out of 10 gave their IT team a high mark.
These results were based on an online survey of 559 nurses working in a wide range of settings, including large hospitals and medical centers, clinics and physician offices, long-term care facilities, home care, visiting nursing associations, public health organizations, insurance companies and corporations.

 

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Web-Based Tool Aims To Connect Nurses
A Web-based health information service that aims to connect nurses with other nurses and health care experts will give nurses access to libraries and interactive chat rooms, the Canadian Press reports.
The Canadian Nurse Portal, which will be displayed this week at the Canadian Nurse Association convention, is being tested by nurses in Afghanistan. The portal, called NurseONE, still is in the development phase, but it is intended to provide nurses who might be in rural or remote locations with reliable access to data, the Canadian Press reports. The portal also could help disseminate information during emergencies, such as a flu pandemic, according to Marlene Smadu, president of the Canadian Nurses Association.
The NurseONE portal, which primarily is being funded by Health Canada's First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, is scheduled to be available to nurses by early September, the Canadian Press reports. The public will have limited access to the tool (Canadian Press, 6/18).

 

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Et stigende antal læge og sygeplejeskoler kræver at de stud. anskaffer PDA'er. Dette rapporterer AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Ifølge et nyligt studie udført af the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, kræver 28% af de medicinske skoler at studerende køber og anvender PDA'er, ligesom mange studerende på andre sundhedsuddannelser, herunder sygeplejeskoler bruger dem frivilligt. I tillæg hertil tilbyder nogle lægeskoler programmer til de studerende, der er stillet til rådighed af softwareproducenter enten gratis eller med store rabatter. Disse programmer tilbyder information om medicinanvendelse, ordination, mulige bivirkninger og interaktioner eller programmer med forskellige sygdomsbeskrivelser og behandlingsforslag.

 

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PDA baseret værktøj for stomi sygeplejersker frigivet. Det har internet nyhedstjenesten e-health-insider en artikel om her. Stomisygeplejersker skal nu til at anvende funktioner som satellitnavigation, stemmegenkendelse og gruppekalender i et nyt patient management system specielt udviklet til stomisygeplejersker af Coloplast. Systemet, der har fået navnet Mime blev vist for første gang på en stomikonference i Cheshire, UK. Coloplast, der er en af hovedleverandørerne af stomiudstyr, har udviklet patient management systemer til sygeplejersker siden 1994.
 

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Royal College of Nursing udgiver retningslinier for brugen af tekstbeskeder i kommunikation med børn/unge. Skriver e-health-insider her Baggrunden er at tekst beskeder kan være en relevant kommunikationskanal til at nå udsatte børn og unge om sundhed og rådgivning, som ikke vil kunne nås gennem traditionelle metoder. Royal College of Nursing mener derfor at sygeplejersker bør være fortrolige med denne teknologi, så den kan inddrages som et professionelt værktøj på lige fod med andre kommunikationsværktøjer sygeplejersker anvender i deres arbejde. Læs RCN's egen pressemeddelelse her

 

 

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