Nursing Informatics in Ambulatory Care Information System

Ambulatory Care

  • Covers a wide range of health care services that are provided for patients who are not admitted overnight to a hospital.
  • These services are performed at outpatient clinics, urgent care centers, emergency rooms, ambulatory or same-day surgery centers, diagnostic and imaging centers, primary care centers, community health centers, occupational health centers, mental health clinics, and group practices.

Ambulatory Care Information System

  • Provides automated processing of data and information such as allergies and medical alerts, patients accounting system such as charging, billing, discounts and concessions, diagnostics imaging treatments, and etc.
  • With this system, the patient waiting time is optimized through effective queue management.
  • It involves one-time registration required per visit. It also facilitates the management of doctors schedule.

Advantages of Ambulatory Care Information System

  • Real-time and easy access to patient’s medical records by healthcare providers.
  • Improved workflow, which allows more time for comprehensive patient counseling and review.
  • Reduced errors with the availability of various automation engines – drug interaction engine; medical alert engine; patient billing engine, etc.
  • Automated and integrated back-end process such as pharmacy, billing, purchasing, inventory management, etc.
  • Improved clinical outcome analysis – enhanced research productivity through data mining and facilitate institutional handling of managed care challenges in a timely manner.
  • Improvement in hospital inventory management.
  • Better monitoring and management of costs – prescription, consumables, doctor’s fees, etc.

Issues in Ambulatory Care Information System

  • Increased accountability
  • The need for continuous support
  • Privacy and confidentiality of information
  • Accessibility and security of data and information
  • Integration and support to the other system

The Role of Nurse Using Information System in the Ambulatory Care System

  • The very basic objective of the automated ambulatory care information system is to easily integrate the data to the other data and easily translate these data into information.
  • The effective transformation of data can be integrated to the other processes to transform it into knowledge.
  • The ambulatory care nurse and other health care provider should be capable enough to implement the process effectively.

Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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