C791 task 1.docx - C791 Task 1 Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology Task 1 Melinda Fernandez Western Governors University 1

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C791 Task 1 1 Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology Task 1 Melinda Fernandez Western Governors University
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C791 Task 1 2 C791 Task 1 Advantages and Disadvantages Health information systems (HIS) are technology-based platforms for the storage and legitimate dissemination of patient medical charts and records. They are on the opposite end of the spectrum from the old style of paper charts and hand-written care notes. There can be advantages and disadvantages for any HIS. Some examples of advantages of any HIS begin with more reliable prescribing and health history reconciliation. That is to say, with a computerized medical record it becomes easier and more reliable to verify the medications patients are currently taking and conditions they are being treated for. Cross referencing medications to determine any incompatibilities becomes easier as well with medication contraindications and interactions built into the software. Another advantage of an HIS is that is allows for real-time, up-to-date information on patients. Charting at the bedside allows the provider the opportunity to input assessments immediately as they happen. When the next user or provider looks at the electronic chart, that assessment is in the record and available to be viewed. Real-time information can be crucial and even life-saving. Some ambulance services around the country have the ability to transmit the 12-lead EKG of a patient to the receiving hospital and decrease the wait time to cardiac intervention for a patient having a heart attack (ems1.com, 2017). With an HIS, practices can be streamlined, therefore reducing the overall cost of providing care, and increasing revenues (ahima.org, 2018). Some disadvantages to an HER are technical glitches, time training staff for a new implementation and cost. Technical problems can be found with any electronic device or program, but the same glitches in an HIS can have some more severe implications. Delays in accessing an electronic patient chart can potentially delay treatment because the medical provider
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C791 Task 1 3 is unable to view the patient’s record, including any lab results, radiology images or therapy notes. Training staff to use a newly implemented HIS takes time, effort and cost. There needs to be time invested in training the trainers, then training the staff. And then there is cost. Aside from the staffing cost associated with the extensive training involved in an HIS implementation, the start-up costs alone can be astronomical. They include the cost for the software, any equipment updates, and the cost to convert all of the existing paper charts into electronic medical records. This is not including any annual maintenance charges for the software and technical support. A recent study of HIS implementations found that a typical multi-physician practice can expect to spend approximately $162,000 for an HIS implementation alone (medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com, 2012). The same study found that a similar practice
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