The Evolution Of Health Information Systems

885 WordsJan 31, 20164 Pages
Health information systems are continuously evolving as both technology and information grow. Information, and information exchange are crucial aspects of health care delivery. To ensure quality of delivery, health care organizations must have access to tools and technology for the continuous growth of information, and knowledge. Historical trends that impact the evolution of health information will be discussed. As well as clinical information systems and applications that improve comprehensive care. In addition, benefits and challenges of health information systems will be discussed. Key historical trends in the evolution of Health Information Systems date back to over 40 years ago. The usage of computers in healthcare started in the 1970s with the use of shared systems after Medicare reimbursement legislation was enacted (Johnson, 2003). According to the article by Johnson (2003), computers were widely used in the late 1970s when minicomputers became available. The article states that the initial use of computers focused on computerizing administrative processes, including hospital and physician billing, and financial applications (Johnson, 2003). In addition, the article (2003) states that computers also began to automate administrative functions of clinical departments, including laboratory, and pharmacy. Furthermore, the article states that automation was limited because of insufficient capacities of most systems (Johnson, 2003). Integrating computers into the
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