Happy HIMSS to one and all! I say this because this week is HIMSS’ annual conference and exhibition, HIMSS14. The annual event is much like Christmas. People spend months preparing and looking forward to the big day, in this case big week. And when it gets here it’s a whirlwind of excitement over meeting up old friends, discovering new things and seeing some renowned and famous people. At Christmas it’s Santa. At HIMSS14 its Hilary Rodham Clinton. Also, like Christmas the week after the HIMSS conference is spent recouping from the excitement of the big event.
To get the most out of HIMSS14 (and Christmas) it’s a good idea to make a list and check it twice. Between the speakers, special sessions and exhibitors, there is a ton of information to be had at HIMSS14 and at times it can get overwhelming. In fact, just a few weeks ago Shane Damico wrote a post for HL7standards.com full of advice on how to make the most of HIMSS14 that I hope everyone read before attending.
What I’d like to do is to get feedback from HIMSS14 conference attendees on a few of the sessions I’ve listed below. You came, you saw, you conquered and now what do you plan to do with your new knowledge? How will you apply this information to nursing? What do you think it means for the nursing profession as a whole? So please comment here or tweet your musings to @healthstandards #HIMSS14. We want to know what you’re discovering!
Nursing Informatics Hot Topics Review
This interactive panel session was held Feb. 22 and covered up-and-coming innovations in the field of nursing informatics with a focus on quality. The goal of the session was to:
- Analyze the state of the science of how health IT facilitates quality measurement and improvement
- Identify areas in which health IT could impact care coordination
- Define eMeasure and explain how using eMeasures can reduce nursing workload in quality measurement and Examine the value of implementing the PressUlcer CI measure at NDNQI participating acute care hospitals
- Discuss the multiple quality initiatives and the impact on primary care
So what did those of you who attended learn? How will health IT facility quality measurement and improvement?
I think systems that allow nurses to collect and compare data and outcomes will have a huge effect on the type of care we provide. It’s real time evidence-based practice. I feel that in the past, we nurses have sometimes felt obligated to launch a quality improvement project and we run to the literature first to see what others have done. But by first analyzing your own data you can determine what you really need to work on at your facility. The numbers can help guide you as to what to improve so you can then focus on literature that will help solve your problem and present possible interventions.
What did you find most valuable about this session?
This session explores implementation of new care delivery models, how the profession must enable tomorrow’s leaders and the value of informatics principles in this transformation from a nurse executive’s perspective. Session objectives were to:
- Describe the current landscape related to IT-enabled care delivery transformation
- Outline nursing executive leadership opportunities embedded in IT-enabled needed to expand emerging practice innovation models
- Discuss opportunities and trends to promote nursing leadership within inter-professional teams
What are specific opportunities to show leadership at the executive level? From my perspective, because IT can be a process driver, it’s a chance to work with other nurse leaders and executives to develop and nurture new and efficient patient care workflows. It’s also an opportunity to make the bedside nurses’ jobs more efficient by developing a process and selecting a product to allow them to spend more time with the patient at the bedside.
What was your biggest a-ha! moment during this seminar?
This session was Feb. 26 and part of the TIGER Institute. It features a presentation of findings from two health IT patient engagement studies. The first study measured the impact of patient engagement tools (kiosks, portals, and mobile phones) on decision-making, adherence to care plans, and healthcare outcomes. The second study discusses the development and roll-out of a patient engagement portal to support interdisciplinary care teams in engaging patients.
Goals of the session are:
- Explain the importance of patient engagement solutions to improving health, increasing quality and reducing costs.
- Describe three outcomes than can be achieved through use of health IT to engage patients in documenting patient reported outcomes.
- Identify methods for using portals to support both the patient and the clinical team in engaging patients.
- Describe three content resources available to support the clinical team in engaging patients during care delivery.
I’ve written about patient engagement recently in regards to OpenNotes and patient assertiveness so I’m interested to hear what you have learned during this session regarding patient engagement. What types of data show that more engaged patients help reduce costs? How can you get patients interested in and using portals and how does it benefit the clinicians?
The title of this poster presentation caught my eye because of the word Technostress. I was glad to see someone acknowledge that technology is often a source of stress among nurses. It’s a legitimate thing, not just nurses whining.
As the poster’s description says: “Nurses represent one population that has been pressured to utilize the EHR, has suffered stress during the process, and has been forced to adapt to the challenges inherent with multiple changes in workflow, often without any feedback into the activities that directly affected them. This research examined the effect of technostress creators and inhibitors on the perceived productivity of nurses.”
The objectives of the poster presentation:
- Define technostress, technostress creators, and technostress inhibitors
- Identify at lease two strategies that can be used in the clinical setting to minimize technostress and increase productivity for nurses using an EHR
- State three positive outcomes associated with decreased technostress for nurses related to EHR use in the clinical setting
I would love to hear some of the strategies visitors came away with and attend to apply back at their facilities. And does reducing technostress improve nurses use of EHR? Tell us what you think!
If you attended a session that isn’t on this list please share your experience with us here or at @HealthStandards #HIMSS14, or with me directly @Jen_NurseEditor.
I hope you enjoyed this year’s event and remember HIMSS15 is only 365 days away in my hometown of Chicago!
Jennifer Thew, RN, MSJ
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