MEDITECH Nurse and Home Care Forum Highlights Strong Patient/Provider Relationships

The Nurse and Home Care Forum focused on helping clinicians juggle mounting responsibilities while strengthening patient/provider relationships.

MEDITECH recently hosted its 15th annual Nurse and Home Care Forum, an event focused on helping clinicians to juggle mounting responsibilities while also strengthening patient/provider relationships.

Noting that nurses observe some 60,000 data points during a typical shift, MEDITECH AVP Cathy Turner explained MEDITECH’s commitment to building solutions that allow patient information to be shared quickly and securely across the continuum of care. She emphasized that the best technologies are those that enable nurses to place patients at the center of care.

“Before we learn how to treat the patient, we learn that what we do is all about the patient — which means making sure we’re caring for the mind, body, and spirit,” said Turner. “That really is the essence of the continuum of care, supporting the patient regardless of where they are in their lives.”

In her opening remarks, Valley Hospital’s VP of Patient Care Services Ann Marie Leichman observed that nurses are in a position to take on important leading roles in the years ahead, adding that nurse practitioners in particular are poised to become “the primary care providers of the future.”

Keynote speaker Judy Murphy, CNO for IBM Global Healthcare, shared her perspectives on the trends in healthcare and how nurses can play a central role in empowering their communities. By forming ongoing partnerships with their patients, Murphy explained, nurses can help change the culture of episodic care and encourage patients to take control of their overall health.

Attendees were also encouraged to network and explore new leadership opportunities in the coming year. Rebecca Love, director of Nurse Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University, stressed that nurses are natural innovators and problem solvers — and that they should use their experience to help inform the next generation of medical technologies.

Visit the MEDITECH Nurse and Home Care Forum page to check out speaker presentations from the event.