Evolution of Health Care Systems Essay

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Running Head: EVOLUTION OF HEALTH CARE INFORMATION SYSTEMS Evolution of Health Care Information Systems Vicki Tate HCS 533 Health Information Systems Group# MHAA119AC8 University of Phoenix Renee Gorby January 7, 2011 Health Care Information Systems Health care Information systems have become more prevalent in our current Health Care system than it was twenty years ago. The computer was not used to the extent it is today in regards to patient care, documentation, billing, education, and etc. This paper will go into more detail regarding the comparisons and contrasts of the use of Health Care Information systems in a contemporary physician office versus a physician office twenty years ago. Technological advantages and…show more content…
Although with the use of computers, there have been privacy issues because of the accessibility of patient information. This will be discussed in detail later in the paper. Therefore, although there are similarities in the workflow, very little else is similar in the physician offices. Next, are two major events that have occurred over the past 20 years that have influenced our current HCIS practices. Two Major Events that Influenced Current HCIS Practices One of the major events that occurred in the 1990s was President Clinton signing a law regarding Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. This law was created to provide more affordable and accessible health insurance, provisions to simplify administrative processes and to provide protection of Personal Health Information (Wager, 2009). In regards to simplifying administrative processes, this law mandates development of a central electronic data base to contain all health records for every patient in the United States. This law did not mandate a federal policy which protects this information if misused or stolen until Feb. 21, 2000 (Bacon, 1997, pg. 317). Since many medical records that used to be stored in filing cabinets with minimal access are now being stored on computer networks, information can be easily copied, accessed and redistributed. This has resulted in the development of increased information
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