Healthcare Information Technology: Effects On Cost Access And Quality

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It is not unreasonable for a patient to expect particular services from their healthcare providers. What services should be considered reasonable and which fall under the context of unreasonable? Should the specialist, your family physician referred you to, have access to your past medical history? What happens when you are traveling and have to make a trip to the emergency room, will your physician at home get all the information from that visit or will the ER physician have access to your medical history? Medical information recorded in paper format makes these tasks very difficult, if not impossible. "Fortunately, there is a growing movement to change that, using electronic information technology[3]." The use of this type of technology …show more content…
Health informatics consists of many components, the main components focused on are electronic medical records, clinical decision support systems, and telemedicine. The electronic medical record (EMR) is a medical record in digital format. EMR's facilitate access of patient data by clinical staff at any given location, accurate and complete claims processing by insurance companies, building automated checks for drug and allergy interactions, clinical notes, prescriptions, scheduling, and sending /viewing of labs. Research has shown that electronic health records provide greater accessibility, accuracy, and completeness of clinical information: therefore reducing uncertainty[2]. Clinical decisions support systems are computerized systems designed to assist physicians and other health professionals in decision making. Telemedicine is the use of information technology and communication to deliver care. Telemedicine uses electronic information and communications technologies to provide medical diagnosis and/or patient health care when distance separates the participants. When looking at the use of healthcare information technology from an administration standpoint, the question becomes; in what way will the use of such practices produce a worthwhile benefit? The foundation of healthcare delivery consists of three major
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