Registered Nurse and Home Care Coordinator, Connie looks after home care visits and support.
A local newspaper in Nanaimo published an article about how our Home Care Nurse, Connie Paul "has gone smart". We always knew that Connie is smart but she really proved herself with her use of a new technique designed to improve care for Snuneymuxw Elders. The newspaper called
her a "pioneer".
It is all about how the Health Centre has streamlined the way that it stores its client health records and how Connie is making use of an iPad to improve services for Elders. With the help of Inter Tribal Health Authority, Connie has adapted an iPad that the Health Centre acquired for her so that she can take her office work with her when she visits Elders in their homes. This saves a lot of time for Connie that she would prefer to spend
directly with her clients and their families.
Using the iPad, Connie is able to document the progress of the client and update records while in the home. Every one of her encounters with a client are documented, which leaves a digital paper trail to keep other providers apprised of the patient's care.
"Over time, the more clients that are in the system, the more it's going to be reflecting the actual health care needs of the community," Connie says. "I can call up the client's lab test results over a period of three months while I am with them in their home...the result is better quality of care", she said.
Connie says that the iPad is also very useful as a teaching tool and she is able to take photos with the iPad of a client's wound, and send them straight to the doctor, for evaluation. The result, according to the newspaper article, is a “happier, healthier patient, especially where
chronic illness sufferers are concerned”.