The Connectors in Healthcare

The transformation of healthcare in the 21st century will be unlike anything that we could have ever imagined. Now that we are officially an electronic healthcare industry, we can no longer complain about having to use different systems for lab and radiology, having to copy the chartprior to transferring a patient or simply trying to continuously get in touch with a patient to share
their results with them.

Personally, I am excited because the implications and expectations for nursing are huge and emphasize the maximizing of efficiency in workflows and processes along with communication and care coordination driven by the complexity of analytics and technology. The roadmap for evidence-based clinical decision-making and practice application rests with expert informaticists and leading the way are the Chief Nursing Informatics Officers who share a core foundation of knowledge and skills that allows us to shape the innovation and digital narrative of coordinating and managing population health.

As the proliferation of mobile health technology continues to make it possible for industries to connect services, products and systems to people all over the world, one of the more upfront challenges in health care will be identifying ways to connect patients in their care environment to
their family and friends while maintaining optimal levels of privacy and security. I look to nursing leaders to take up that challenge and usher its solution into reality.

Nursing leaders are the key connectors on this digital journey and I see the Connected Health Economy™ (CHE) framework as one of the more progressive models for care innovation. Its underlying theory leverages people’s innate desire to connect by utilizing the accepted social
construct on a global level. I believe that it will be through continual development of theconnected health economy by Chief Nurse Informatics Officers, that health care innovation and technology will work to build and strengthen electronic health and exchange capabilities inside of patient care communities, while positioning provider communities for the pursuit of a new level of sustainable healthcare quality and reliability. This level of sustainability will then translate decisions and investments being made by CNIOs today in health information, managementsystems and technology into measurable improvements in value, safety, and ultimately healthy communities.

The evolution of nurses in executive and entrepreneurial roles is now a reality and it is imperative that organizations embrace this opportunity as a significant connection between researchers, providers and healthcare consumers. Understanding the role of the CNIO is critical and correct positioning within the organization is vital for top performing organizations eager to stay ahead of the “big data” curve. Remote monitoring, virtual worlds and gaming technology are just a few of the emerging markets that are connecting people to practice and nurses are front and center in the development of these e-patient relationships and treatment modalities. It is an exciting time to be a nurse and even more exhilarating for me to be among the nurses designing and developing the strategy for how we see healthcare in the future.

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