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Running head: Advanced Information Management1Advanced Information Management and the Application of Technology – C791 – Task 1Carmen WaltonWestern Governors University
Advanced Information Management2One of the most significant changes that has occurred to the healthcare world was the development and implementation of the Health Information Systems (HIS). Although the HIS has in many ways streamlined the documentation and made storing of data easier, it also comes with risks and disadvantages. The advantages, disadvantages and implications of an electronic health information system will be discussed in this paper. A.1. Advantages and DisadvantagesUsability refers to the ease of use in reference to the HIS. The HIS are designed to promote usability by developing it specific to each facility needs, be user friendly and specific to each person’s role in the health system. Each section within the HIS is pertinent to each role. The CNA's in the hospital have their own section for putting in documentation, as well as nurses and physicians have their own specific areas to which they use. One advantage related to usability is the stop signals that occur if documentation is not complete. The system will put up a stop signal and no allow further documentation until that section is completed. This helps avoid missing important documentation. A disadvantage related to usability is that often the older generations sometimes struggle with technology and may require additional training or education when implementing a new system.Interoperability refers to the sharing of information between HIS systems. One advantage to the HIS interoperability is that patients can be seen in other cities or states and their health information can be used by the physician caring for them. The patient’s medical history, drug allergies and any other pertinent information can be accessed. A disadvantage related to interoperability would be that sharing patient’s medical information increases the risk of someone potentially hacking that information and is a breach of privacy.Scalability of HIS refers to the capability of the program to grow and change with the ever-
Advanced Information Management3changing medical environment. An advantage of scalability is that a new program would not have to be added, if additional needs for charting or areas in the system need changes, the systemis set up to be able to add these additional options in at a later date, therefore changing of software program and re-training staff to a new system would not be necessary. A disadvantage to scalability would be the cost of the system. Purchasing the software with large scalability would have a higher initial purchasing price and making changes to software as it grows will alsohave additional costs.