Never has there been a better age to be a consumer. More efficient supply chains move products quickly from concept to distribution. Recommendation engines study our previous purchases and work to predict our next interest.
Traditional health care data includes objective clinical data such as blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, body weight and laboratory values. These data are commonly used to assess patient trends and to build predictive models. In this way, historical objective data are used to change therapy and provide interventions to improve patient outcomes.
Each day, nurses deliver amazing and extraordinary care to those that seek our assistance. What about the nurse’s optimal health? The delicate balance of maintaining our well-being directly impacts patient care and satisfaction.
After 19 years of dedicated effort – first by CHIM, and then a collaboration of HIMSS and our partners in the health IT community – Congress has included report language with its bipartisan Omnibus spending bill to clarify its prohibition on the unique patient identifier (UPI).
It’s that time of year when we celebrate all nurses across the country. This year has been designated as Year of the Healthy Nurse and launches the grand challenge to improve the health of the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses.
This year’s National Nurses Week theme, Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit, reminds us of the importance of taking care of ourselves. All too often, nurses put other’s needs first, as that’s a natural extension of our traditional caregiver role. So, it’s good to be reminded of the importance of self-care and encouraged to maintain a healthy work-life balance.