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Running head: ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT 1Advanced Information Management and the Application of TechnologyWestern Governors University
ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT2IntroductionWhen healthcare organizations merge, even when considered comparable in size, it is vital to establish a Healthcare Information System that meets current security and privacy regulatory requirements and furnishes the unique needs of the facility and its client. Technology is embedded in every aspect of healthcare today. Research shows that technology in healthcare promotes efficiency and higher quality care, as well as improving overall client outcomes. Clients are even taking a more active role in their healthcare through evolving technology – accessing personal medical records electronically, utilizing social media to review/rate providers,using online sources for health information sharing – which also contributes to the vital need for a current, personalized HIS in place. “In a world where growing competition for healthcare services delivery is defined by rapidly changing technology and maturing organizational arrangements, it is critical to understand how evolving HMIS technologies operate and how HMIS interact within all key aspects of an organization” (Tan & Payton, 2017, p. b-6).Advantages and Disadvantages of a SystemElectronic medical records have become the standard of care in today’s healthcare world. Long gone are the days of paper charts, physical imaging studies, hard copy lab reports, etc. With access to new and emerging technologies, healthcare professionals and clients themselves can share vital health information to promote collaboration, quality and efficiency. These electronic health record systems are a one-stop shop for past medical history, appointment history, medications, allergies, imaging reports, lab results, nursing and physicians notes, and much more critical data that is used in shaping one’s clinical care. These systems can provide useful information to healthcare workers, as well as exchange these resources/data with other health information systems.
ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT3There are many pros/cons to using an electronic health record system. The program itself must be compatible with the facility’s unique needs and easily accessible by authorized users. The usability must be of highest standards and lowest barriers, since most healthcare workers have the need to access data quickly, and sometimes under high-stress scenarios. Having access to accurate, current health information in a timely manner can be a critical piece of ensuring the highest quality care for the clients. When the EHR is “user-friendly” and easy to access, then charting will tend to be more efficient, maximizing time with direct patient care, rather than time spent charting in the system. The more users feel comfortable with the system, and understand the workings of the program, then the more confidence they will have in accessing and contributing to its success within the facility.
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Electronic health record, health information, Health Information Systems