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Running head: ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT1Advanced Information ManagementNAMEWestern Governors UniversityAdvanced Information Management and the Application of TechnologyC791Ellie HuntJanuary 6, 2019
ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT2Advanced Information ManagementA1. Advantages and Disadvantages of a SystemThe use of health information systems is essential in healthcare today. They incorporate technology that provides digital health records and allows sharable accessibility between approved personnel. The systems provide patients’ past medical history, medications, allergies, recent and past lab and imaging results that can be viewed to help make appropriate healthcare decisions. There are both advantages and disadvantages to using health information systems. Usability is the ease of use for everyone involved in patient care, from doctors to technicians. When choosing a health information system, the usability of its features should be “user friendly” since they are fundamental to the staff’s success. An advantage to usability is real time charting. This makes providing care to the patient much easier and safer. An admitting nurse can chart an allergy in a patient’s chart and it will be seen in the pharmacy immediately, reducing medication errors. Likewise, if the system is easy to navigate, easy to recall information, and time efficient it will provide exceptional usability. A system that is not “user friendly” can be a disadvantage to the staff and facility. Systems that are difficult to navigate can lead to medication errors or ineffective patient care. This also causes frustration to the staff and may lead to a high turn-over rate, which costs the facility a great deal of money. A system that requires a great deal of documentation may take away from direct patient care. This may lead to patients feeling a sense of detachment from the nurse or technician and decrease patient satisfaction scores. Over-time may also become an issuebecause nurses wait until their shift is over to chart in the system causes the facility to lose even more money.
ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT3Interoperability is a huge advantage when it comes to health information systems. It is the way information is shared across an organization. Sharing information across all aspects of health care is necessary to quality patient care. Coordination between all members of the health care team can occur through a congruent system. This eliminates unnecessary phone calls and paper work that take away from patient care. Organizations can share information between hospitals, long-term care facilities, and physician’s office. Some systems even allow patients to access their information from home, allowing them to be more informed and involved in their own care. This would allow for more complete care as all entities involved can get a full picture of the illness or condition rather than a partial view of the current situation. A disadvantage to interoperability is that it leaves the information vulnerable to hackers.
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