Interoperability Standards and the Potential of Interoperability

McCartney, Patricia

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 41(3):189, May/June 2016.

As any nurse who uses an electronic medical record knows, interoperability between systems is a huge problem. While caring for one patient, a nurse may have to interact with multiple systems, none of which “talk to each other”, requiring a significant amount of duplicate documentation, extra time, risk of error, and overall unneeded frustration. Measures of progress on interoperability for nursing are discussed and a general update is provided by our HIT expert Dr. McCartney.

Robotic Journalism and Nursing

McCartney, Patricia

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 40(5):330, September/October 2015.

Robotic journalism is the use of software algorithms designed to generate written articles. Summarized structured quantifiable data are key content in healthcare communications. New journalism technology may soon challenge nurse authors and editors to incorporate robot generated content. Will we be reading nursing literature generated by robots in the near future?

Texting Protected Health Information in Healthcare

McCartney, Patricia

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 40(1):61, January/February 2015.

Texting protected health information can be quick and convenient, however there is important information nurses need to know to be fully compliant with standards and guidelines from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Human Factors, Usability, and the Electronic Health Record

McCartney, Patricia

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 39(5):333, September/October 2014.

The process described to evaluate usability of the electronic health record (EHR) does not seem to have been a part of the development of many of the EHRs that nurses use every day, but is needed to improve experience of users and quality of data entered and subsequently reviewed.

School Nursing and Telehealth

McCartney, Patricia

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 31(5):333, September/October 2006.

How about this? Your child gets ill at school, but because of telehealth capabilities, he can be examined by a physician or nurse via the computer, thus reducing school absence. Learn more here.