eHealth for Patient Engagement and Better Care
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The more specialized our health systems become, the easier health records are to manage. The service eHealth provides a space in which doctor’s offices, community clinics or hospitals may access their patient’s health information on a shared database. This method of health documentation improves safety, quality, and efficiency of care by reducing the amount of time spent on collecting repetitive health histories and lab tests. As a result, patients can receive better, and more efficient treatment which will in turn benefit their health as well as the health system. Nurses are in a special position within the healthcare system where they can implement technological solutions at the point of care. Nursing practice can impact patient care by having access to timely information with reduced repetition, improved communication and collaboration, better workflow, and efficiency leading to improved information management and patient education (Rhoads & Turisco, 2008). Although research shows that Canada has one of the highest cost per capita expenditures yet, the accessibility, efficiency, quality and overall health performance measures lag behind other major commonwealth countries (Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2013). When it comes to implementing new technology, the healthcare industry falls behind every other industry sector. More than ever, governments are constrained with increased cost of healthcare services and balancing the healthcare needs of patients. This supports the importance of implementing eHealth solutions within health care practices including doctor’s offices, community clinics and hospitals to better care.
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