Informatics Specialty Essay

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Informatics Specialty Area and Interoperability
Grand Canyon University: HIM-515 Foundations and Concepts of Healthcare Informatics
June 20, 2012

Informatics Specialty Area and Interoperability As the implementation of electronic health records (EHR) progress nationwide, the concepts of interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) must be discussed. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (2005, p. 2) define interoperability as “the ability of health information systems to work together within and across organizational boundaries in order to advance the effective delivery of healthcare for individuals and communities.” Interoperability is the enabling of two systems, including those that do not share
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This decreases the chance of medical errors, in that current treatment plans are accessible, and therefore interactions from an additional treatment plan are predictable, enabling the provider to choose the best plan with the least unwanted interaction. As well, the access to diagnostic tests and laboratory tests through HIE, allow all disciplines to previously ordered tests and the results. This decreases the duplication of orders, as well, as limits the patient to the risks associated with the tests. The greatest benefit of HIE is continuity of care. Through HIE, providers can provide continuous care, which is cost effective and delivers a greater quality of care. “Continuity of care improves the uptake of preventive care, enhances adherence to therapy, and increases patient and physician satisfaction; as well, there is increasing evidence that patients' health status and chronic disease outcomes are improved with continuity of care” (Rosser & Schultz, 2007). Health Information Exchange Risks Health information exchange and information technology are essential tools that healthcare providers and consumers often utilize to assist in improving health care. An electronic health information exchange promises potential benefits for health care systems through improved clinical care, reduced cost and the needed elements for a national health information network. As with any other industry, the exchange of such information has its many benefit, but it
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