E-Health and DNPs
In the advent of modern technological advancements, the term E-health has come to encompass a wide variation of definitions that profoundly integrate its practice with effective healthy delivery practices supported by the advanced or simple employment of technological implements in communication and electronic exchange. The end result of E-Health is the overall improvement of the quality of patient care (Moumtzoglou & Kastania, 2011). On the other hand, DNPs (Doctor of Nursing Practices) educates nurses through the use of evidence-based practices on best systems to employ while using E-health to improve patient care quality standards and leadership practices. Herein, there is an attempt to discuss the integration of E-health in improving with DNPs (Doctor of Nursing Practices).
To begin with, the integration of E-health into the medical fraternity and its practice facilitates quality improvements on various aspects. For instance, patient care quality is improved when electronic health recording facilitates the processes of quickly and accurately diagnosing patient diseases. The room for medical errors is reduced significantly because E-health helps health practitioners fully understand the overall picture of the patient’s problems in that it can profile a patient’s historical response to medications or allergy treatment (Moumtzoglou & Kastania, 2011). This profile can alert health practitioners on conflicts or side-effects of introducing a new medication regimen to the patient, thus promoting patient safety and ensuring better treatment outcomes and healing for patients with allergies or under long medication regimes. Furthermore, these records are unique to each patient, regardless of patient ailment, and can support better evidence-based and therapeutical decisions that would reduce the occurrence of adverse events, especially in cases ICU patients and chronically ill patients with allergic conditions such as Asthma (Bonnel & Smith, 2010; Moumtzoglou & Kastania, 2011).
Finally, the integration of E-health with DNP improves the qualitative value of education given to nurses. For instance, my practice as a family nurse practitioner, DNP education using E-health techniques ensures that I approach health quality improvement practices and leadership through the use of real-life evidence-based case study research that uses previously archived patient electronic records. Thus, this approach ensures that I am able to employ evidence-based therapeutical decisions to effect positive outcomes and also avert prevision medical errors as derived or modelled through case studies of electronic patient medical records (Bonnel & Smith, 2010; Feldman, Alexander & Greenberg, 2011). This will result in the implementation a better treatment plan for each family member based on their electronically recorded responses to medication and any alerts.
To sum it up, the foregoing discussion advances that the integration of E-health has improved the ability to perform quick and accurate diagnoses of patients through an evidence-based approach and review of their electronic medical records. The overall medical error and their chances of occurrence has been greatly reduced. Furthermore, the integration of E-health into DNP studies ensures that the qualitative improvement of the knowledge learned in nursing practices, such as family nursing, by making it more practical through the use of evidence-based analyses of historical electronic health data and records as case studies.
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