Healthcare Information Systems Transforming Health Services in Big Way
Information technology has rapidly progressed in all areas of patient care. The implementation of a wide array of electronic health systems is established as a key enabler for a sound healthcare information system (HIS). Countries around the globe are encouraging swift penetration of various electronic health information systems/technologies, including electronic medical/health records, to advance several aspects of patient-centered care.
Primary Care and Public Health Settings
Healthcare providers in primary care and public health settings are keenly leveraging electronic health records (EHR) to improve access to health-related data and patient information and adopting these to make better clinical decisions. A host of information technologies under HIS has helped manage these data across healthcare providers, payors (insurance providers), and patients to meet patient outcomes across the entire care continuum.
Global Adoption of HIS
Developed and developing countries, notably in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific, are harnessing the transformative potential of HIS to reduce costs and increase access to various healthcare services across geographies. Moreover, access to quality data in healthcare information systems underpins evidence-based guidelines to improve quality care in all respects. As a result, pAs a result, penetration of digital health has increasingly hinged on an integrated healthcare information system.
Improving Diagnosis and Treatment
Healthcare providers are extensively utilizing electronic healthcare information systems to improve the diagnosis of chronic illnesses, control or prevent various infectious diseases, and strengthen point-of-care treatments. Proliferating mHealth technologies among healthcare workers and patients, especially in developing countries, highlights the adoption of HIS to promote health and patient safety. Health screening programs such as identifying risk factors of epidemics is another promising area where he supports governments in evidence-based decision-making.
Hospital and Clinic Investment
Hospitals and clinics are committing sizable investments in adopting health information technology to gain benefits on operational, tactical, and strategic fronts. For instance, hospitals in developed North America use HIS to reduce operational costs and bolster their profitability.
Benefits of Electronic Health Records
The successful implementation of electronic health records has cemented the doctor-patient relationship in multiple ways. An example is the usage of HIS to reduce or prevent medical errors. These medical errors could be due to certain gaps in knowledge for providers, which relate to lack of access to past medical history and allergies, inter-alia. Another example of HIS where hospitals realize the benefits are in preventing patient safety events possible due to reduced medication prescription errors.
Data quality underneath various components in healthcare information systems is a key determiner of the overall quality of patient care and healthcare services delivery. It thus follows logically that health systems across the globe are laying significant focus on improving the quality of the data in the first place. Emerging technologies, notably cloud computing and wearable, have led to a medical and patient data spurt in the healthcare industry. Countries are consolidating regulatory frameworks that govern their health systems to enable reliable data usage. In addition, policymakers, including government regulatory agencies such as the WHO, are committed to enhancing health information privacy.
The business intelligence report on the healthcare information systems market delves deeper into the current and emerging opportunities and assesses challenges. In addition, it highlights the beneficial impacts of HIS across the patient care continuum.