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ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT C791 Advanced Information Management Western Governor’s University Belinda Heffner
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ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Health information systems are an integral part of health care today. They provide an efficient way to access patient information and provide a more complete view of the patient’s past, current and future health care needs. Health information systems decrease errors, healthcare costs and increase efficiency for patients and third party payers. Despite these benefits, health information systems are complex, costly and require additional education for staff. ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF A SYSTEM Usability, or the ease of use for clinicians, of the health information system is of paramount importance when purchasing a new system. The disadvantages are educational training and support will be required for all current and future clinicians for initial rollout and for any updates to the system. Advantages are that the flow of the system can make charting much faster and more accurate. Carting templates with dropdown boxes with adequate choices and prompts expedite this tedious task allowing the clinician more time with the patient. Order sets can be built specific to the needs of the organization to provide ease of use and clarity. This increases efficiency and reduces the amount of direct communication needed to clarify the ordering provider’s intent. Prompts built into the system reduce medication errors by flagging medication interactions and allergies. Interoperability, how well the health information system works with other applications, is also an important element of a new HIS. The ability of all user systems in the hospital to interface with each other is a distinct advantage. For example, the blood bank interfacing with the charting system streamlines the process of ordering, obtaining and administering blood products.
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It saves time and reduces errors by using the bar code reader to verify the correct patient/product match. The automatic flow of blood bank data into the chart reduces charting time and decreases the chance of transcription error. The disadvantage of interoperability is the amount of data that clinicians must sift through. Scalability is how well the health information system is going to meet future need. Since my facility is merging with another facility and expanding by adding a satellite facility, it is important to choose a system that can grow with our expanding needs. The ability to add updates and changes to the system that address the needs of additional staff and the changing patient population and support for these updates will be a distinct advantage. The disadvantage of scalability is the cost of the updates and new modules.
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