Future Trends in Health Care Essay

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Future Trends in Health Care Over the years many things have contrubuted to the advancement of the electronic age in the health care system. In the beginning, the primary function of the information system in the healthcare setting was administrative tasks, such as billling. That has changed over the years. According to Blackwell (2008) “As IT developed, systems were marketed for the specialist medical departments and niche markets developed, for example, for laboratories, pharmacies, diagnostics, imaging and intensive care.” Although email, telemedicine, and electronic transfer of records have impacted healthcare today, understanding how they can impact health care 5 years from now can be equally as important. This paper will…show more content…
These records may include a whole range of data in comprehensive or summary form, including demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, radiology images, vital signs, personal stats like age and weight, and billing information. The most important aspect of the electronic patient record is that it is generated and maintained within an institution, such as a hospital, integrated delivery network, clinic, or physician office, to give patients, physicians and other health care providers, employers, and payers or insurers access to a patient's.medical records across facilities (Wager & Glaser, 2009). By the end of the decade less than 15 percent of physician practices, and only 10 percent of hospitals had implemented these systems. This number was remarkably low considering that at the end of the 90’s computer-based patient record systems had become reliable and widespread. The impact of distance delivery on health care is summed up in an annual report by Hewlett-Packard. According to Blackwell (2008) “Hewlett-Packard annual report states, ‘we are now entering a period of computing that defies all limits and crosses all boarders, in which everything works with everything else, everywhere, all the time’, this core activity has the ability to lead eventually to system integration not only within a hospital, but also across the totality of
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