MEDITECH’s Nurse and Home Care Forum Brings Clinical, Personal Perspective

Attendees at MEDITECH's Nurse and Home Care Forum discussed how to navigate the new healthcare paradigm with EHR technologies like Expanse that bring them closer to their patients.


Nursing resides at the intersection of people and technology, especially now. As healthcare reform continues to influence providers away from fee-for-service and toward value-based care, it is also challenging nurses and home care clinicians to be the stewards of safety in increasingly complex environments.

Attendees at our Nurse and Home Care Forum discussed strategies for navigating this new healthcare paradigm, with EHR technologies like MEDITECH Expanse that are sophisticated in function, yet easy to use and capable of bringing them closer to their patients. Hosted by AVP Cathy Turner, RN, the event highlighted the evolution of nursing from both clinical and personal perspectives.

Keynote speaker Patricia McGaffigan, RN, VP of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), spoke movingly of her own experiences as both a practicing nurse and close relative to a critically ill patient. She noted that taking care of patients must go hand-in-hand with taking care of clinical staff - which includes giving them tools that will minimize the risks of human error and make it easier for them to be fully present for patients at the bedside. Likewise, CEO Kim Hollon and Kim Walsh, RN, of Signature Healthcare reviewed concrete ways that nurses can reinforce a culture of safety by having daily scrums, and using metrics to drive process improvements.

Several speakers reflected on how nurses are dealing with new challenges as more healthcare takes place outside of traditional settings. Rebecca Colasanto, director of clinical operations at Bristol Hospital Counseling Center, discussed how nurses must be increasingly aware of social determinants of health, as these socio-environmental factors significantly impact patient engagement as well as long-term outcomes. Fortunately, we are also seeing many convenient new technologies - including event and patient-based registries, virtual visits, questionnaires, telehealth devices, and patient portals - that have the potential to build much stronger relationships between patients and providers, even despite these obstacles.

Ultimately, even the most advanced healthcare technologies will never take the place of nurses themselves. The job of caring for others at their most vulnerable is distinctly human, and one where MEDITECH’s nurse community has long excelled. We continue to be inspired by your achievements, and are proud to partner with you as we move forward in this brave new world of healthcare innovation.


Watch the video recap from the 2018 Nurse & Home Care Forum