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Online health records could benefit teens in juvenile detention center

October 23, 2012
Uncategorized By LW Consulting Inc.

With technology evolving at an exponential rate, medical facilities are working to integrate new systems into their daily operations and ensure that patient health and safety remains a top priority. The implementation of electronic medical records (EMRs), e-prescription software and meaningful use requirements are just a few examples how healthcare IT consulting would benefit an organization trying to stay up-to-date.

Additionally, patient communication is key. Healthcare providers are trying to ensure that individuals are more involved with their personal health and have online access to their personal records.

A recent survey published at Pediatrics, the online journal for the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that even high-risk teens could benefit from online records and the ability to share their health information.

While researchers had originally thought that the teens - those surveyed were located in a California juvenile detention center - would pay little attention to their health, as they tend to participate in illegal or high-risk behaviors. However, of the 79 teens interviewed, 90 percent expressed interest in accessing their health records online and sharing them with either parents or physicians.

Only half of the teens, though, were willing to share information with their parents, which would make online health sharing difficult because the current law allows parents to see some parts of adolescent medical records, according to FierceHealthIT.

However, the results were similar to teens in the general population, which shows that efforts to engage them would follow a similar path. One example is using mobile applications and online games.

This last May, University of Pennsylvania nursing students created a series of games to improve patient health. According to Penn Nursing Dean Afaf Meleis, the concepts are similar to nursing practice, such as making connections, sound judgements and fostering engagements.

Medical facilities that are looking to improve patient communication and involvement would be wise to partner with a hospital consultant knowledgeable in healthcare IT consulting.