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Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology Task 1 C791 Western Governors University A1. Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology 1
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Advantages and Disadvantages Health Information Systems (HIS) are the future that all hospitals are heading towards. It is a computer-based system that stores all the medical charts and treatment records. They are made to replace the paper charting system. Like any new technology, there are advantages and disadvantages to every new system. Advantages include being more reliable with prescriptions and retaining the health history of each patient. There is no paper chart to have to track down. It is easier and more reliable to read the prescriptions and orders. Transferring records between two hospitals is easier with HIS as all that is needed is to print and fax the information over whereas before you had to trust that the person receiving the patient can read what is written on the paper charts. HIS also compounds the information so the history can be printed on just a few facts sheets. Nurses can chart at the bedside which makes the charts more reliable. Software that gives a sepsis alert is also a huge advantage.[ CITATION Qua15 \l 1033 ] The streamlining advantage of health information systems reduces time and increases revenue for hospitals. Disadvantages would include problems with the software itself. There are glitches that 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 delayed because 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 paper charting takes time, effort, and cost. The IT team must install the software and then teach the staff 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 train the staff. Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology 2
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Usability Usability is essential for any system in a hospital. There are many providers in each health care setting and they all need to be able to use the system properly. Many systems have drop down boxes where providers can select pre-written choices so that the charts are read similar.[ CITATION Qua15 \l 1033 ] Charting can be done quicker than before. A disadvantage of this would be that the may not be the choice that the clinician needs to make, so they must add in a note to express that. HIS are trying to create a way to streamline charting and the improvements that have been made using them is worth any disadvantage.
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