Examination of Health Care Facilities Over a 20-Year Span

1264 WordsJan 7, 20185 Pages
Exploring the Evolution of HCIS over the Past Two Decades It is true that "information and information exchange are crucial to the delivery of care on all levels of the health care delivery system the patient, the care team, the health care organization, and the encompassing political-economic environment" (Reid et al., 2013, p 63). Information systems play a huge role in health care in the contemporary context, although they had a much more limited role in the past, and even twenty years ago HCIS systems were nowhere near as complicated or as multi-faceted as they are today. As the need for dynamic and holistic care has increased in recent years, so has the adaptation of HCIS systems which streamline both administrative and clinical processes, making health care more efficient on a much larger scale. If one was to walk into a hospital from twenty years ago, there would be a whole different world compared to what would be seen today. The machines have gotten more complex and even the people have developed depending on department and specialty. The way contemporary hospitals and medical facilities handle data entry is extremely different to how it was handled just two decades ago. Take for example the process of medical billing. In the past, computers were still used in billing systems; however, their roles were much different than the much more complex and innovative systems most hospitals use today. Twenty years ago computers helped assist in billing and data entry, but
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