HB 2266 by Cox: The Virtual Doctor – Nurses to use Software Program to Treat Patients

Kaye Beach

Feb 13, 2012

This is one way that ObamaCare cuts costs-let RN’s use medical algorithms to provide you with your medical care.

HB 2266 is going to be heard in the Public Health meeting on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM in Room 412- C. Please contact members of the Public Health Committee before tomorrow afternoon Please email the following legislators and tell them NO to virtual doctors for public health .

Committee members email addresses:

john.enns@okhouse.gov, david.derby@okhouse.gov, ed.cannaday@okhouse.gov, dougcox@okhouse.gov, randy.grau@okhouse.gov, weshilliard@okhouse.gov, corey.holland@okhouse.gov, al.mcaffrey@okhouse.gov, jeanniemcdaniel@okhouse.gov, jadine.nollan@okhouse.gov, ronpeters@okhouse.gov, mike.ritze@okhouse.gov, sean.roberts@okhouse.gov, colby.schwartz@okhouse.gov  

House Switchboard: 1-405-521-2711, or 1-800-522-8502

2266 by Cox: The Virtual Doctor – Nurses to use Software Program to Treat Patients

OK-SAFE, Inc. – Who needs doctors? If one OK legislator gets his way, nurses will soon be treating patients using a virtual doctor software program and will have no need to consult a physician first.

HB 2266 by Rep. Doug Cox (R-HD 5), reads in part:

2.  “Physician-approved protocol” means a protocol such as standing orders that describe the parameters of specified situations under which a registered nurse may act to deliver public health services for a client who is presenting with symptoms or needs addressed in the protocol.

HB 2266 is going to be heard in the Public Health meeting on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM in Room 412- C.

The bill goes on to read:

A.  Registered nurses are authorized to use physician-approved protocols to provide public health services when performing duties as an employee or as a contractor, as defined in Section 803 of Title 18 of the Oklahoma Statutes, on behalf of the city-county health departments, county health departments, and the State Department of Health.

And:

F.  Medical algorithms may be utilized or referenced in the physician-approved protocols to assist in providing the public health services.

Drawing from a  knowledge database and using if-then decision trees, medical algorithms compute standardized medical treatments, and produce (spit out) standardized treatment plans.

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2 responses to “HB 2266 by Cox: The Virtual Doctor – Nurses to use Software Program to Treat Patients

  1. Propaganda. Public health nurses have used “standing orders for many years (as have emergency room nurses, labor and delivery room nurses). Public health nurses have not always had physician oversight in their dichotomy as when to and how to intervene. Public health relies on nurses to seek out, locate, and address issues of public concern. Individuals who have communicable disease may not have the concern or the wherewithal to seek medical care. This is why communities CHOOSE to have local health departments. Ask your doctor, “how do you manage a patient who has hepatitis A when the patient works in food service” or “how do you keep tuberculosis from being spread when one of your patients has it?” Best test is to ask “how often should I be immunized for pertussis?” Public health is specialized and expert nurses are able to manage public health without a physician holding the nurses hand when she goes into places that a physician will not or cannot.

  2. Maybe this writing is too broadly written? Nurses at county health departments just want the ability to provide vaccines without a doctor’s approval first. It had been done this way since the beginning of time until a recent state board made the doctor’s approval necessary. This is a waste of time and would hinder the ability of immunizations to be given at the most common place they’re done – the local county health department. Doctors don’t work at county health departments, and nurses have always followed the strict guidelines of the CDC and FDA when it comes to vaccines.

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