INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTHCARE 1 Information Technology in Healthcare Western Governors University
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTHCARE 2 Information Technology in Healthcare The application of technology in advanced information management of today has made exponentially faster progress in recent years. The old fashion way of charting on pen and paper is a part of the past in most organizations today. Different platforms are now regularly seen in small and large organizations alike, allowing communication to cross between departments within seamlessly. Implementation of these new systems requires a team of professionals with one overall goal, improved patient-centered care. Advantages and Disadvantages of a System There are numerous advantages of using a functional Electronic Healthcare Record or EHR within a healthcare organization. One significant advantage is patient data is centralized in one location within the organization. Thus the information is accessible to all facilities owned by the organization across cities and states. The convenience allows each patient to travel without worrying that their current health information will not go with them. The patient’s records, orders, and history are all accessible and current for all authorized users within the organization. A second advantage of having a user-friendly EHR is for the end user themselves. The staff can benefit from easy to use prefilled drop-down boxes with the same format at every unit. With consistent formatting, the end user benefits from inadvertently leaving out information on assessments and admissions. Required information can be formatted to force the user to answer the question or fill in the box before advancing in the system. A third advantage for healthcare staff is the legibility of the physician's orders and nurse’s notes. By clearing up any potential miscommunication between health care providers, patient care is more streamlined, safe and user-friendly. Delays, errors and safety protocols can have adverse outcomes for patients and staff. Placing safety protocols around medications and alerts
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTHCARE 3 around abnormal diagnostic results the healthcare team can all be alerted when something is amiss regarding the patient or the staff entering the information. There are some noted disadvantages with this type of recorded charted. One noted disadvantage is the perceived negative impact on patient care. Healthcare providers and nurses spend time with the patient during assessments, teaching, medication administration and multiple daily tasks. Most EHR’s are on mobile rolling computer units, or portable computer pads and can inadvertently take focus from the patient and onto the device. This can give the patient a sense of feeling less important to the providers. The patient can perceive the lack of eye contact as a lack of care or personalization. The patient might feel like just another number instead of an individual patient.
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