Advanced Information Management and the Application of TechnologyTask 1C791 Western Governors UniversityA1.Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology1
Advantages and DisadvantagesHealth Information Systems (HIS) are the future that all hospitals are heading towards. Itis a computer-based system that stores all the medical charts and treatment records. They aremade to replace the paper charting system. Like any new technology, there are advantages anddisadvantages to every new system. Advantages include being more reliable with prescriptions and retaining the healthhistory of each patient. There is no paper chart to have to track down. It is easier and morereliable to read the prescriptions and orders. Transferring records between two hospitals is easierwith HIS as all that is needed is to print and fax the information over whereas before you had totrust that the person receiving the patient can read what is written on the paper charts. HIS alsocompounds the information so the history can be printed on just a few facts sheets. Nurses canchart at the bedside which makes the charts more reliable. Software that gives a sepsis alert isalso a huge advantage.[ CITATION Qua15 \l 1033 ] The streamlining advantage of healthinformation systems reduces time and increases revenue for hospitals.Disadvantages would include problems with the software itself. There are glitchesthat can happen. Glitches can occur with any technology, but when a patient’s life depends on it,a glitch can have serious implications. If the system goes down, the patient’s care can be delayedbecause the provider is unable to get to the patient’s history in an appropriate amount of time.Another disadvantage of a HIS would be training the staff as training staff to go from papercharting takes time, effort, and cost. The IT team must install the software and then teach thestaff how to properly use the system. Another disadvantage would be the cost of the new system.They cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to get the software, have it installed, and then trainthe staff.Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology2
UsabilityUsability is essential for any system in a hospital. There are many providers in eachhealth care setting and they all need to be able to use the system properly. Many systems havedrop down boxes where providers can select pre-written choices so that the charts are readsimilar.[ CITATION Qua15 \l 1033 ] Charting can be done quicker than before. A disadvantageof this would be that the may not be the choice that the clinician needs to make, so they must addin a note to express that. HIS are trying to create a way to streamline charting and theimprovements that have been made using them is worth any disadvantage.