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Running head: ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT1Advanced Information Management and the Application of TechnologyLesley A. BurnsWestern Governors University
ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT 2Advanced Information Management and the Application of TechnologyAdvantages and Disadvantages of a SystemSound and reliable information is the foundation of decision-making across all health system building blocks, and is essential for health system policy development and implementation, governance and regulation, health research, human resources development, health education and training, service delivery and financing. [Wor17] Healthcare continues to become the largest industry on the international level. Because of government regulations as well as health care organizations, hospitals are required to meet standards set forth by regulating agencies in order tobe reimbursed for services provided to patients. To continue to move forward in regulatory standards as well as in evidence based practice, hospitals need to adapt with technology to aid healthcare providers to deliver excellent care. Health information systems allow teams to input information, treatments, medications and data into one system that will allow integrated care and efficient up to date care and also provides and efficient method of delivery across the hospital system. As two organizations desiring to be one system, an electronic medical record (EHR) is vital to provide continuum of care with our patients. Epic is one system that will be discussed here. EPIC was founded in 1979 and has continued to develop over the past 38 years with the goal to help people get well, help people stay well and help future generations be healthier. (epic.com, 2017) Epic is custom built for each healthcare system and the employees work closelyto help implementation go smooth for the healthcare providers as well as the patient.When considering an electronic medical record to implement, there are four features that must be taken into consideration. Usability, interoperability, scalability and compatibility are included in these features. When looking at each of these features, we have to discern what this means to our system and how EPIC will provide for our specific needs. Usability will have
ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT 3several principles that define it. Simplicity, naturalness, consistency, minimizing cognitive load and effective information presentation are significant. EPIC benefits from its software being userfriendly. Once trained, the user can personalize the way they document and find information. Theflow of the information can be customized for a healthcare system or an individual up to a certain point. They work to create a consistent base template so that each user has all the information provided despite the many different ways it can be documented. The disadvantage ofthis is that because there are many different ways to document in the system, there is the chance of double chart information. While some may think the copy and paste feature would be an