In Part 1 of this discussion of Managing Patients’ Records, a mobile healthcare digital assistant was identified. It could help patients to be more engaged with managing their medical issues. In Part 2 of this discussion, the patient, Anne, was described. Her healthcare was not managed well due to miscommunication or no communication. It was not because she did not want to follow-up. She did not know when and for what to follow-up on in her healthcare until it was almost too late. In order for the patient to understand what is going on, there has to be true patient engagement.
As we discussed in Part 1 of Managing Patients’ Records in an information system like Sharepoint (https://saarmrt.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/managing-patients-records-part-1/), it was pointed out that in the lifetime of a patient, a patient could have one or more physicians that specialize in their different healthcare needs. With so many healthcare professionals in the patient’s life, there should be a connection to all of them with the patient at the center. Without the connection, the patient will have difficulty effectively managing their healthcare. Through the following six steps, that one patient had to endure, other patients can be helped so that this patient and many others will know how healthy they are.
How can you manage patient healthcare when using information management systems’ portals? Some Clinicians or Primary Care Physicians have attempted to keep their patients engaged with their healthcare by offering them patient portals, over the Internet, which would enable patients to manage their own personal health records. In the lifetime of the patient, a patient could have one or more physicians that specialize in different healthcare needs of the patient. The patient can end up having many personal health records that could have information that varies. Should the patient’s health records connect to one main place? Would this ensure uniformity in the records and metadata if all of their health information were connected? Physicians need a connection to the patient’s health record assistant so that information is not lost every time a patient has to complete different intake forms for various doctors in their lifetime.
Dear RMRT Members:
Here are the Highlights from the Fall 2015 issue of The Records Manager, newsletter of the SAA Records Management Roundtable:
- In the Fall 2015 issue, Christie Peterson talks about the scandal in George Washington University’s records.
- The newsletter also covers how to use ideas from other data repositories in the 21st century.
- Ideas on appraisal are shared.
- Our chair, Beth Cron, summarizes the Records Management Roundtable Committee meeting this past Summer 2015 at SAA 2015.
Enjoy the Fall 2015 issue of The Records Manager.
You can retrieve the current issue of the newsletter at http://www.scribd.com/doc/286629800/The-Records-Manager-Newsletter-Fall-2015-issue
Please remember that the RMRT website can be found at http://www2.archivists.org/groups/records-management-roundtable
The newsletter archives can be found at http://www2.archivists.org/groups/records-management-roundtable/the-records-manager-newslette
Newsletter Editor, The Records Manager (http://www2.archivists.org/groups/records-management-roundtable/the-records-manager-newsletter)
There are 3 steps for creating a Library Services Platform, a type of library management system. Breeding stated that a library services platform is “designed to manage both print and digital content, tend to be deployed using cloud computing technologies, and make more use of knowledgebases for more efficient resource management”. The following are three steps to do this.
Today, data repositories have been divided into at least three institutions. They are museums, archives, and libraries. J. Trant has defined these as “Museums most often have unique collections. Rarity and preciousness remain key to the attraction of their objects; it gives them their aura… Museum collections protect and reserve. Contrast this with public lending libraries, grounded in access and in public literacy. Their goal is to make materials available; their collections are predominantly books, printed in many copies, inexpensively produced, often weeded regularly. Archives consist of items that are not generally intrinsically valuable but essential as evidence, especially in context.” (http://www.archimuse.com/papers/trantConvergence0908-final.pdf).
As we explore the 21st century, we need to realize that the library is composed of paper and digital formats. The digital books started off as public domain paper documents. On the Internet’s predecessor, Arpanet, Michael Hart created the oldest and largest digital library in 1971. He named it Project Gutenberg. It was going to contain all public domain books in electronic format for free to anyone who wanted to download them and read them (https://archive.org/details/gutenberg&tab=collection ). “Its goal, formulated by Mr. Hart, was “to encourage the creation and distribution of e-books” and, by making books available to computer users at no cost, “to help break down the bars of ignorance and illiteracy.” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/business/michael-hart-a-pioneer-of-e-books-dies-at-64.html?_r=0). This digital library now houses more than 30,000 books in 60 languages. The categories for this library are: “light literature,” “heavy literature” and reference works to the general reader. It also contains a few copyrighted books that are reproduced with the permission of the copyright owner. Ann Gilliland, one of the professors of the “Copyright for Educators & Librarians Course” stated that, “Material that is not in copyright, and or that is not copyrightable, and is free to use, is in the public domain” (Duke University, Emory University & The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).