Information Management in Home Care
Nurses are experiencing patient care situations in the home setting that, until recently, would only have occurred in an acute care setting. While new medical skills and technologies have made it possible for patients to recuperate faster and for surgery to be less traumatic, cost containment, diagnostic related groupings (DRGs) with the associated decreased length of hospital stay, consumer preference, and healthcare reform are supporting the move toward patient care at home. Information technology can provide the home healthcare professional with data at the point of care in a format that improves home care practice, creates clinical documentation, and generates data for payroll and billing.
KeywordsAcute Care Setting Portable Computer Super User Health Care Financing Administration Community Health Nurse
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