Essay on Medical Informatics

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Introduction Healthcare is a large, complicated field facing many issues in America today. The medical profession is becoming ever so complex that it is consistently pushing information technology tools and techniques to newer heights. Knowledge management in healthcare or medical informatics, is one step towards organizing this complex field. Medical Informatics is the sharing and use of information in the delivery of healthcare. It is a growing and exciting field of study with an incredible demand that will continue for many years to come. Demand is so high, many Universities are now offering specialized degrees in this field because there is and will be a large workforce needed to accommodate the needs of this field. Medical…show more content…
They are in the process of addressing the major issues and establishing a National Health Information Network. Many clinics and hospitals, around the world, have been using electronic medical records for years. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is a great example and they have “one of the largest such systems in the world” (Mayo, 2007, para 2). The Mayo Clinic’s EMR system can be accesses on any one of the 16,000 computer terminals on their three campuses. The EMRs include “everything related to a patient’s care – physician notes, laboratory reports, surgical dictations, copies of correspondence, appointment schedules, x-rays, ultrasounds, CT and MRI scans, and echocardiograms” (Mayo, 2007, para 3). The Mayo Clinic is also constantly working on new technology to improve patient care and generate new knowledge. They believe that the EMRs are “critical to Mayo’s ability to provide efficient, coordinated, safe and high-quality care” (Mayo, 2007, para 5). They also stated on their website, that they’ve been processing all of there new patients through their EMR system since March 21, 2005. Virtual Bedside Many hospitals and emergency rooms have also gone to a new form of medical informatics known as virtual bedside. “To the extent that electronic mail, discussion forums, electronic knowledge-bases and health data can be
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