At a Glance
2015 Priority List
DME and nursing needs
The system shall capture Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and nursing needs for the child with identification of age-appropriate resources and orderables.
Understanding the complete picture of a child’s needs and care plan includes their nursing needs and any durable goods used, especially for children with chronic health issues. For those with special health care needs, this becomes especially important as their resource usage and needs can be quite complex. Without such information, the full picture of their health and health care cannot be fully understood, conveyed, or managed.
This requirement is meant to establish the ability for an EHR to contain a care plan for a child. It is intended to call for an EHR to be able to produce a report for a child that lists the services that have been ordered for a child, starting with DME and nursing services. Other age-appropriate resources and orderables, such as Early Intervention services, specialty care, ancillary services, and special schooling needs can be added at a later date, once the basic functionality of establishing a basic care plan has been provided.
EHRs must have the functionality to display a cohort of patients with special health care needs. Because of the complexity associated with managing children with equipment and special nursing care, it would be helpful to be able to query and identify patients also on services and durable goods needed for their care. The results of these queries must be exportable to other aplications that may require these data.