Furthermore, there is an increasing need for the management of various forms of health care data. It is the HIM professional that has the unique skill set to gather, manage, protect and analyze the copious amounts of health care data in today’s technological world. The
Introduction The growing cultural changes in the United States provide opportunities and challenges in healthcare for providers, systems, and policy makers. There is a growing consensus amongst healthcare workers that it is necessary to produce and provide culturally competent services. Cultural competence is defined as “the ability of providers and organizations to effectively deliver health care services that meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients” (Seeleman et al, 2015). A major topic of discussion amongst health professionals at industry conferences is the improvement of health outcomes and quality of care- specifically the contribution of culturally competent cares towards the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. More and more Plans to move the health care system towards the goal of cultural competence is being realized due to the health implications of being stagnant (Seeleman et al, 2015).
Many current issues and health policies in the health system in America today are impacted by a multitude of healthcare providers. One current issue that has yet to be highly publicized yet impacts all aspects of quality for clinicians is errors in diagnosis. This issue results in various client impacts from economical and additional strain on healthcare, to potential death of patients and social, ethical and potential aspects of neglect (Toker, 2013). Economically the provider’s misdiagnosis can cause the patient substantial cost through repeated tests, procedures or poor outcomes. Misdiagnosis can also cause multiple consults for subspecialties, additional medications, procedures and unanswered questions to diagnosis and results.
Healthcare is evolving and is the forefront of discussion in the United States with the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), shortages of providers, and a growing transformation in access to health care. One primary proposed solutions to the lack of providers and improvement in access to health care are to expand the scope of practice of those of the non-physician healthcare providers, such as nurse practitioners (NP). There are central debates in the discussion of nurse practitioners having the ability to practice independently to help close the gap; many states are responding differently to the proposition to increase the scope of practice of nurse practitioners. By giving NPs a greater scope of practice, it will address the shortage
Healthcare professionals need to recognise this potential and be prepared to advocate for their patients when necessary to ensure adequate care. Social discrimination in health is experienced by many people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, as well as inequality in employment, education, and other areas. Language snags can
Based on your experiences in practice, identify a vulnerable client/patient or group, reflect on what contributed to this individual's/group's vulnerability and discuss how this was addressed in practice. Studying vulnerability, three problematic issues recur throughout the literature. Firstly, it is an important concept for nursing students to understand as Daniel, (1998),explains, it is through vulnerability that nurses and patients engage. Vulnerability has implications for and effects on health, (Rogers, DATE). Secondly epidemiology studies report that vulnerable populations are set to increase in need and number worldwide, making increasing demands on already overstretched health and social care services, (Shi and Stevens, 2005).
be highly effective for improving clinical outcomes and reducing cost. Teaching methods that incorporate opportunities for interdisciplinary education and collaborative practice are required to prepare nurses for their unique professional role and to understand the role of other disciplines in the care of patients. Nursing shortages have a negative impact on patient care and are costly to the health care industry. A significant nursing shortage exists today, particularly in acute and long-term care settings. It results from many factors.
Cultural competency is increasingly important in healthcare today. In America today, we are facing a lot of tension between cultures today. America is a very diverse country with many cultures co-existing and in order to properly care for patients professionals need to be able to understand and tend to their cultural needs. Whether it be a difference in language, understanding that someone is a veteran and how that may affect them psychologically, or any other set of circumstances that surround a specific culture. Having the knowledge and resources that cater to different cultures makes for better experiences across the board and, consequently, makes for more effective healthcare visits.
Frail seniors are at an increased risk for negative health outcomes and death. They require more hospital services, community resources and are likely to have extended stays in long-term care. For these reasons, it is important that healthcare providers have an awareness and receive proper training about frailty issues so that preventative actions can be implemented at earliest opportunity. Due to an increasingly aging population, there is a need for studies to investigate treatment options for these geriatric conditions and diseases. Thus, to develop an effective geriatric intervention, it is essential to consider the disease model and target population.
At any rate, the nature of disease also brings great concerns to caregiving. Family, friends, and other uncompensated caregivers are the mainstay for much of the care delivered to older adults, and caring for clients with Alzheimer’s disease is a daunting task. The physical and psychological stress of caregiving intensify the chances of developing the disease with a six-fold increase influencing policies, programs, and services such as respite care, skill nursing facilities and such to become responsible for research and development of successful ways to care for clients with the disease (Rogers, 2013). It is important for practitioners to learn about the disease as family assessments will be necessary for further determination of how the older adult functional capacity effects the social unit, and how they interact and influence one another (Greene, 2007). It is also necessary as appropriate service and care plans, whose objectives are measurable are created together with constant