Tech Tool Review

As we know, chronic health conditions are paralleled to a continuous monitoring of patient’s condition to be able to reach the goal of a high quality of life of a patient. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in the clinical site are used to offer primary care providers (PCPs) accurate and complete information about a patient’s health. It is a very effective tool in the continuity of providing treatment and care to the patients with chronic conditions. It allows PCPs to see what kind of treatment and management were given to address the condition. It also allows coordination and collaboration of care to all involved in the healthcare management team.

The performance of the EHRs used in my clinical site is superb in a way that it has the ability to quickly provide care. One example I can cite is that when treating a patient who is recently diagnosed with DM, a PCP can easily provide the care by documenting the trends in patient’s blood sugar and compare it from the one inputted from past visits. It also allows the PCP to instantly send the prescription to the pharmacy. This doesn’t only facilitate faster service but also enables an accurate documentation of the PCP on what is done on the face-to-face encounter with the patient.

In managing chronic conditions, the performance of the EHR can be improved by focusing more on its ability to coordinate care between healthcare providers, specialists, insurers, and patients. By doing so, all the patient’s vital information and data can come alive in a way that it displays trends, changes in the health data of the patient, and the effects of treatments prescribed. This will produce high patient outcomes by creating better medical decisions.

I am currently precepting at two different clinical sites. Both of them use a different type of EHR. What techniques that stand out to me in the way EHR swiftly sends the referral to the specialist to better manage the chronic ailments. In the past, there were no EHRs and everything was documented by writing everything on the paper. This technique provides a slower way and unsecured way of coordinating care to the specialist, pharmacy, and insurance. But now, through the use of EHR, the turn around time of referring and prescribing to patients are much faster.

Though both of my clinical sites use different EHR system, they have one commonality, and that is to provide a high quality of care and compliance with the health care laws, rules, and standards.

Getting Started

As I am thinking what to type for ‘Getting Started Blog’, I also started thinking how much work I have put into and how much knowledge I gained as I am finishing this journey of becoming a FNP. From the beginning of this journey and up until now, I learned a lot of new things about transforming the role of being an RN to a FNP. I learned to assess a patient by history taking, documenting, creating a plan of care, intervening, and evaluating at a higher level as a master’s prepared nurse. I also learned to recommend and prescribe a right treatment plan for a certain problem of age-specific patients. It sounded like a lot, but that would not stop me from there. I know for a fact that I need more practice and exposure to be able to prepare myself to be a better provider. Hence, 680L is here to better exercise what I have learned from the past four semesters. For this semester, my three learning goals are:

  • To be familiarized to some differential diagnoses pertaining to a chief complaint to facilitate correct diagnosing of a disease
  • To continue to engage in filling in gaps in learning that need to be improved in terms of clinical skills of assessing, diagnosing, and prescribing appropriate treatments and providing correct education to the patients
  • To be involved in clinical updates based on evidence-based practice to be able to provide skills that are timely and relevant.

On my first week back in the clinical practice, I would say that it was a pleasant experience. I was able to do what I have been doing from the past clinical practicum such as assessing patients, taking history, giving recommendation and education to the patient, and documenting. I feel like that first week of clinical rotation is a breath of fresh air as I am currently exposed to a new setting: urgent care. I am also doing women’s health. I am optimistic that I will learn a lot of things in another exciting journey of becoming a FNP. I am looking forward to learning more on the management of common complex chronic conditions. At the end of the day, though a lot of hours need to be done for the internship, I take the experience as a win-win situation in which I don’t only learn but I also help patients in their journey to have a better health.