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Running head: ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT1Advanced Information Management and the Application of TechnologyDebra TuttleWestern Governors University
ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT2Advanced Information Management and the Application of TechnologyOne of the key features of an electronic health record (EHR) is that healthcare information can be created, managed, and shared by authorized providers in real time. EHR systems are essential in today's healthcare organizations. Hospitals need to assess which EHR system will work best for their size and needs of their facility. The EHR should be secure, have productivity and help improve quality assurance initiatives. These systems can be used to share patient’s past medical history, prior hospitalizations, doctor notes, current medications, allergies, laboratory results, radiology results, vital signs and other vital information regarding patients. This, in turn, helps assist providers to make informed clinical decisions quicker so patients receive the care they need. This real-time information canbe crucial and even life-saving.Advantages and DisadvantagesI will now discuss and provide key details about the advantages and disadvantages of a health information system (HIS), including an accurate description of usability, interoperability, scalability, and compatibility. Usability is a term used to refer to the ease of navigating your EHR systems by its users. For Nurses, an advantage to charting with this system is the built-in assessment for documentation, built-in nursing notes for specific events, such as a Rapid Response note, or a Critical Value report. This saves nurses valuable time charting and creates more time for nurses to be at the patient’s bedside. A disadvantage of the usability of a system would be a system that is not user-friendly. Navigating a patient’s encounter can be difficult and very time consuming if you are not familiar with the system. It requires numerous clicks and drop-down boxes, with limited choices. If the assessment doesn’t fall into within normal limits (WNL), the nurses must manually type in their finding, which takes time. EMR’s can be an effective tool for users who take the time to become highly familiar with it.
ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT3Interoperability is the ability of a computer system or software to exchange and make use out of information. This is the HIS’s ability to communicate, exchange and interpret data with other programs. An advantage of a HIS would be to effortlessly pull patients data and information from other electronic devices, thus providing fluid access to all patient’s data in one area. An example of this would be blood pressure and glucometer readings automatically uploaded directly to the HIS once they are docked.
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Nursing, Health care provider, Electronic health record