During an HIM-615: Health Care Information Systems and Technology course, learners examine the application of information systems in health care settings, beginning with an analysis of the broad meaning and nature of information and systems. This course focuses on the utilization of computer technologies, configurations, and applications as tools to benefit health care environments. Moreover, emphasis is placed on the challenges related to the development and implementation of effective information systems in light of a rapidly and continuously changing health care model, evolution of technology team member roles and responsibilities, and advancement of technological requirements within the health care system.
What is a healthcare information technology (Health IT)?
Health Information Technology (Health IT) is a term that describes the technology and infrastructure used to record, analyze, and share patient health data.
Significant features of health information systems.
- Patient portal.
- Medical billing.
- Patient scheduling
- Remote patient monitoring.
- Master patient index.
Benefits of health information systems.
· Organized & Coordinated Treatment Process
Health Information System is a technology-driven system that makes the process of sharing protected health information (PHI) between organizations and providers really hassle-free. Additionally, this system enables patients to get seamless and coordinated treatment from healthcare providers.
· Improved Patient Safety
Health care information systems improve patient safety by allowing easy access to patient’s data. Most importantly, healthcare information systems enable you to save all the information and share it across multiple databases to improve the safety of the patients.
· Instant & Seamless Accessibility to Patients’ Details
Health information systems collect data from the health sector and other relevant sectors. In addition to the collection of patient data, HIS analyses the data and ensures their overall quality, relevance, and timeliness, and converts the data into information for health-related decision-making. Therefore, health information systems enable health care organizations to make any decision, implement any policy, execute any regulation, conduct health research, training, and development program and have a check on service delivery.
· Minimized Operational Expense
Health Information Systems enable health organizations to allocate resources in a planned manner and save potentially remarkable amounts of expenses, energy, and supplies. In short, HIS can make your healthcare service better for your patients while saving lots of money.
· Betterment in Patient Care
Health information systems provide healthcare providers a complete and orderly framework that helps them interact with their patients in a better way and eventually deliver care to them in a more efficient way. This is achieved by collecting and saving patients’ information, including diagnosis reports, medical history, allergy reactions, vaccinations, treatment information plans, and test results.
· Hassle-free Process of Performance Analysis
Health information systems enable multiple avenues through which you can access your staff performance, analyze patient care, check the efficiency and stability of your organization. Additionally, HIS also reduces the paperwork and makes every record computerized. This enables you to make decisions fast since you have quality and easily accessible data. It also allows patients to share reviews regarding the level of care they are receiving from your staff which helps to ensure good performance of your staff and enables you to analyze the effectiveness of your organization.
· Transfiguration in Clinical Procedures
Health information systems enable you to manage/address any stressful situations for your patients. This is because health information systems provide a virtual view of patient flow and individual patient experiences during their meetings with health care providers and other medical staff. Most importantly, this advantage of having surveillance/careful attention on all processes within a health care organization enables you to develop and implement positive organizational change.
· Circumvention of Medical Errors
HIS maintains less paperwork and makes everything computerized and automated. Therefore, you get error-free reports and information.
· Saving of Time
In addition to saving healthcare organizations lots of money, health information systems also help you to save a lot of time. HIS saves time in making patient care coordinated and hospital management seamless because patients’ information is computerized and personal activities are automated.
· Improved Patient Satisfaction
HIS improve several sectors within a healthcare organization which results in improved overall care provided to patients. Thus, HIS improves the satisfaction level of patients.