Identify a health information technology system, explain how it improves healthcare outcomes. Identify the organization you work for uses this system.
At least 250 words
• At least 2 references within 5 years (At least 1 reference must be the course textbook)
Practice Management Software
The use of health information technology in healthcare is important for enhancing efficacy and quality of healthcare. Information technologies improve value in operations. The Use of health information technology is important as it cuts down on errors, extra medical costs, and reduces time wastage, while at the same time improving administrative and clinical processes. This paper seeks to discuss how practice management software improves healthcare outcomes.
Practice management software (PMS) refers to a type of software applicable in healthcare and entirely designed to handle day-to-day operations using a client-server software, desktop software and Internet based software (Wager, Lee, & Glaser, 2017). PMS is used for both administrative and financial functions, though in some cases, it is tied to electronic health records (EHRs) depending on the medical practice needs. It is also used for scheduling appointments, performing billing tasks, maintaining lists of insurance payers as well as generating hospital reports (Wager, Lee, & Glaser, 2017). However, the only challenge for health professionals in the information technology department is incorporating electronic medical records within a practice management system. The software centralizes diverse systems by automating all tasks to fit under the information management umbrella and ensuring that the facility runs operations more efficiently (Wager, Lee, & Glaser, 2017). It allows providers optimize their time to ensure they provide effective short-and-long-term patient care.
My organization uses the practice management software in improving medical practices. The software captures patient demographics and billing data such as the insurance payers. PMS provides security to other health information records like electronic and medical health records by restricting access to system functions and data, creates a number of internal data codes like fee schedules and payments, provides reminder notes to both healthcare providers and staff at large, and automates patient visits from patient check-ins to programming follow-up appointments. The software also streamlines all time consuming tasks within the system through integrated workflow management.
In conclusion, health information technology has brought diverse changes within the medical field. The practice management software coordinates all administrative and clinical function to ensure that all operations are done in an efficient manner. All healthcare institutions should seek to embrace these technological changes with a common goal of improving healthcare outcomes.
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Wager, K. A., Lee, F. W., & Glaser, J. P. (2017). Health care information systems: a practical approach for health care management. John Wiley & Sons.