Evolution of Healthcare Informatics

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Jpz777 03/23/2013 Order # 2088926 Those working in the field of healthcare delivery have long recognized the importance of obtaining and recording accurate data during their course of their interaction with a patient, from the physical examination recorded by nursing staff to the administration of precise dosages by primary care physicians. For centuries, doctors the world over all shared a relatively reliable, yet admittedly simplistic method of storing and accessing this vital medical information: a paper chart, pencil, and clipboard. While scrawling a diagnostic conjecture or the result of blood test on a patient's "official" medical record sufficed until the dawn of the computing age, with the advent of mainframe databases in the early 1960s, digital data storage in the late 1990s, and cloud computing today, the concept of healthcare informatics has emerged to enable nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers to efficiently gather crucial data and make accurate interpretations to effect positive patient outcomes (Hebda & Czar, 2009). Today, a growing consensus has developed among providers and patients alike which holds that "health information management (HIM) professionals are facing an unprecedented opportunity to help shape the future, not only of health information management, but also of healthcare delivery" (Abdelhak, Grostick & Hanken, 2012). Before one can take advantage of the enormous benefits afforded by a health informatics system,
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