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Nursing has been continuously advancing especially with the utilization of technology. As a nurse we should become familiar with nursing informatics so we can continue to collect information and knowledge to achieve efficient and better care (Laureate Education, 2018). A scenario that has happen numerous times, more than I can count, at the urgent care clinic I work at is consumers (patients) that are poor historians and refer to their health history as “it is in my chart”. Several, if not most of these individuals have never been to our clinic, let alone from our area. What they do not understand is that I do not have access to their chart, let alone the ability to. This creates a tremendous amount of tension on the consumer and the medical staff, since the consumer may not be able to report their chronic health conditions, medications, insurance information, laboratory results, or even their primary care provider’s name.
With the advancements in technology, consumers are wanting to be more engaged in their health care though they may not understand their issues or conditions fully (Laureate Education, 2018a). Although some states such as my own, Michigan, we do have some tracking data bases on narcotics with a program called MAPS. We are unable to achieve a full medical history on our consumers which could be very beneficial and alter our plan of care for them. Especially when they say they have no chronic health conditions, yet they state they are taking metformin. Many individuals do not understand that they are not cured because they take it, but the condition is being managed with the medication, though the consumer would argue otherwise, so us as health care professionals need to be more transparent with our consumers (Laureate Education, 2018a). If healthcare professionals had a universal uploading database that had proper firmware, we could easily create a robust cloud computing network (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2017). Hospitals, clinics, and private duty clinicians could still utilize their same clinical information system (CIS), an electronic health record (EHR), such as Meditech, Paragon, Kareo, Epic, and many more. Though, creating a program that can extract data regarding medications, chronic health conditions, primary care providers, code status, health insurance policies, most recent lab results, and any other quantitative and qualitive data necessary to form a cloud computing network. This computing network would be beneficial for clinicians because we would be able to know possible interactions with their current medications, why they are on an antibiotic prior to admission, code status, insurance information if the consumer does not have their insurance card on them, and more.
Having a universal cloud computing network would advance healthcare settings in many ways and amplify a more efficient and client specific care. Clinicians would be able to track their care and medication utilizations more effectively and collect data from other providers and be proactive on the consumers health (Laureate Education, 2018a).