Identify a health information technology system, explain how it improves healthcare outcomes. Identify the organization you work for uses this system.
Health Information Technology Application
Technology has invariably shaped domains across humanity, important of which has been in the effective deliverables. In healthcare, information systems are central and have been primed for constant improvements, instigated by need (Mason et al., 2015). The demands for improved care invariably highlight progressive application of tech in maintaining healthcare records – the genesis and evolution of Electronic Health Record (EHR), which is the underscore argument of this discourse.
EHR in essence is the evolved model of Electronic Medical record (EMR) which refers to the digital pare charts that are found in a clinician’s office, which are not mobile and have been argued to merely replicate the traditional paper records which could not be carried outside practice, as opined by Kruse et al. (2017). The EHR is endowed with the power to support other healthcare activities via various interfaces, including evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcomes reporting. The use of EHR enhances patient-clinician relations as well as availing important health details to other organizations involved in the care of the patient in the bid to improve healthcare (Blumenthal & Tavenner, 2010). EHR also enhance real-time information retrievability as the timeline is reduced and thus effecting clinicians’ decision making.
The key improvements of patient care through EHR include reduction of incidences of medical error by enhancing accuracy/exactitude and clarity of medical records; enhancing availability of health information while cutting down duplication of tests, treatment delays, enhancing patient information for medical advisories – these betterments aid in reduction of medical error. Health information exchange, especially, has been intricately embedded in the advancement features of HER.
In my healthcare organization post, I have experienced varied deliverables of EHR. Most significant of this is one that is an antithesis of the case of incoordination in information exchange that jeopardized an operation, as highlighted by Thorn, Carter, and Bailey (2014). In this case, the diabetic condition of a patient that needed surgical care was well indicated in the automated system and aided in the kind of treatments to administer.
Therefore, EHR system is an extremely impactful aspect of health information technology.
Blumenthal, D., & Tavenner, M. (2010). The “meaningful use” regulation for electronic health records. New England Journal of Medicine, 363(6), 501-504.
Kruse, C. S., Mileski, M., Vijaykumar, A. G., Viswanathan, S. V., Suskandla, U., & Chidambaram, Y. (2017). Impact of electronic health records on long-term care facilities: systematic review. JMIR medical informatics, 5(3).
Mason, D.J, Gardner, D.B, Outlaw, F.H, & O’Grady E.T. (2015). Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care, 7th Edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier Health Sciences.
Thorn, S. A., Carter, M. A., & Bailey, J. E. (2014). Emergency physicians’ perspectives on their use of health information exchange. Annals of emergency medicine, 63(3), 329-337.