Brief Overview of Health Care Informatics

7 Oct

What is Health Care Informatics?

Health care informatics is a combination of nusing science, information science, and computer science. According to McGonigle & Mastrian (2008), “nursing informatics implementation requires us to view nursing informatics from the perspective of our current healthcare delivery system and specific, individual organizational needs, while proactively anticipating and creating the future applications in both the healthcare system and our profession” (pp 1). In simplier terms, it combines all of the scientific research done on nursing with newer technology and research. In all, it’s goal is to provide better care for patients.

Electronic Health Record

Who owns the Electronic Health Record (EHR)? Is it the patient? The health system? The computer software company?

I think that the EHR is technnically owned by a health care system, such as, St. John’s Mercy. The health care system employees are the ones that have compiled the patient’s health care information and history into a single, user-friendly, site. The hospital buys the right to use software for the EHR, so it should not be considered the software company’s property. Yes, the patients do and should have a right to view their chart, but the copyright on it should not belong to them because they didn’t write it. When an extra copy is printed off for the patient to have to keep for their own records, it still remains in EPIC. Therefore, the health system owns the EHR, it should not be considered the patients private property.

McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. (2008). Nursing Informatics: A foundation of knowledge. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.


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