[Answered] NR-361 Week 4 Discusion: ..Patient has a Personal Health Record…


NR 361 Information Systems In Healthcare


This week’s graded discussion topic relates to the following Course Outcomes (COs).

  • CO4 Investigate safeguards and decision-making support tools embedded in patient care technologies and information systems to support a safe practice environment for both patients and healthcare workers. (PO 4)
  • CO5 Identify patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe nursing practice. (PO 5)

Case Study: A 65-year-old woman was just been … with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. __ was informed of this … in her primary care physician’s office. She leaves her physician’s office and goes home to review all of her tests and lab results with her family. … goes home and logs into her PHR. She is only able to pull up a portion of her test results. … calls her physician’s office with concern. The office staff discussed that she had gone to receive part of her lab work at a lab not connected to the organization, part was completed at the emergency room, and part was completed in the lab that is part of the doctor’s office organization.

The above scenario might be a scenario that you have commonly worked with in clinical practice. For many reasons, patients often receive healthcare from multiple organizations that might have different systems.

As you review this scenario, reflect and answer these questions for this discussion.

  • What are the pros and cons of the situation in the case study?
  • What safeguards are … in patient portals and PHRs to help patients and healthcare professionals ensure safety?
  • Do you agree or disagree with this process?
  • What are challenges for patients that do not have access to all of the EHRs? Remember, only portions of the EHRs are typically … in the PHRs.


The pros of the situation are that the patient is interested in being actively involved in her care and has essential family support. She can also access her PHRs at home and can share the information with other health professionals (her oncologist in this case). Another pro is that she can get in touch with her physician. The cons of the situation are that the patient has incomplete records. This can be attributed to poor interoperability between different healthcare organizations. In this case, one of the labs in which she took some tests is not connected to the healthcare organization. ….please click the purchase button below to access the entire solution at $5