Predict the form and function of medical health records in 2030 (provide specific example to support your response).
Predictions of healthcare in 2030 are amazing, to say the least. We could free up scarce physician resources if we empower physician extenders (registered nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and physician assistants) to provide more of the basic care, increase automation via electronic health records, evidence based medicine, and e-prescribing- while reserving doctors to focus more on complex patient care and not the administrative burdens of practicing medicine. (Handa, 2010, para. 10) Healthcare provider consults could take place as needed via satellite or on our smart phones without requiring a physical face to face visit to a physician’s office. (Handa, 2010, para. 12)
If these predictions are remotely possible, the function of medical health records being easily accessible to the physician is imperative. If the day comes that we no longer have face to face physical contact with our physicians to receive medical care, the use of technology will need to be advanced, complete, secure, and up-to-date. Physicians need to be prepared to accept the responsibility of treating patients via technology, so their trust in the capabilities of the software programs is important along with the ease of accessibility. Clinicians, especially those in leadership roles, need to have sufficient informatics knowledge to lay the foundation for EMR implementation success. (Hart, 2011, p. 22) In addition to proper planning, organizations must be fiscally responsible. With today’s economic challenges, fiscal responsibility is paramount; we must control costs. When balancing the choices for the best possible outcomes, an organization has to identify what will be funded and what won’t. (Hart, 2011, p. 22) More will be discussed on this subject in the next section of this paper.
Given the nature of patient data collection, nurses will...