How nurses impact interoperability in healthcare

In a recent blog post, Danielle Miller, PHD(c), MSN, RNC-OB, Chief Nursing Officer, Clinical Applications at Infor explains how nurses impact interoperability in healthcare.

 Patients enter the healthcare system and receive services from multiple departments and providers, and then the services rendered in each department result in information that is pertinent to the patient's care plan. Feeding that information, or data, to providers helps them provide excellent patient care. However, the manner in which providers receive pertinent data is often disconnected, delayed and usually antiquated.

When physicians contact nurses for an update of a patient's status, they are looking for current, real-time data to make decisions that affect patient care and patient outcomes. How the necessary data is received is based on interoperability, which is described by HIMSS as the extent to which systems and devises can exchange data and have the data be understood by the user.

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