The transformation in the digital era has spurred improvements in institutions and practices, even the healthcare sector. Particularly, health informatics has been quite useful in healthcare as it has enabled providers to provide quality care to patients (Luna, Otero & Marcelo, 2013). Health informatics is a technique that is used to process data, information, and knowledge in a medical setting. One significant advantage of the model that it is cost effective and promotes the efficiency and security of health records (Ngafeeson, 2015). Equally, health informatics allows an automatic exchange of materials among providers, lowers the number of office visits and readmission, and averts the chances of medical errors.
Effects of Medical Informatics on the Quality of Care
The integration of the informatics system in healthcare helps to reduce operational costs and generate institutional profitability in the long-run. The technique enhances productivity, cost-effectiveness, and promotes the security of health records. Additionally, informatics has lowered the expenses linked to the traditional record-keeping methods and improved workflow and billing within the medical institutions. It is projected that incorporating informatics in the U..S healthcare will lead to savings of over $81 billion annually (Ngafeeson, 2015). Therefore, the use of informatics is a way of averting unnecessary spending and increase profitability in hospitals.
Reduction in Medical Errors
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports that more than 98,000 Americans die in health facilities annually due to avoidable medical errors (Ngafeeson, 2015). However, the use of informatics systems has led to a significant reduction in medical mistakes thereby facilitating the provision of quality services and saving lives as a result. Additionally, the technique enables health providers to track the patients’ health and provide appropriate medication. Medical informatics also offers timely reminders and information to physicians thus promoting the provision of quality treatment.
Improved Quality Care
The integration of health informatics in hospital settings plays a vital role in the provision of quality services. The system enables the conveyance of accurate and structured medical data thereby averting the possibility of errors occurring (Agha, 2014). Additionally, the technique enhances clinical decision making based on its ability to facilitate the exchange of information among the providers. Equally, through the invention, medical practitioners instantly disseminate health materials and monitor patients.
Potential Problems with Quality of Care and Information System Implementation
The health informatics system has been shrouded by security concern as they have been deemed vulnerable to data theft (Laxman, Krishnan & Dhillon, 2015). The issue has limited adoption and implementation of the technology in some hospitals. Additionally, according
to health reports, the major impediment to the integration of health informatics is the perceived technicality of the system (Laxman, Krishnan & Dhillon, 2015). Many of the practitioners state that informatics such as EHRs are complicated to apply thus limiting their usage in the institutions. Another issue that has been linked with the technology is the lack
of affordable internet access areas resulting in the low integration rate of the informatics systems (Laxman, Krishnan & Dhillon, 2015). Thus the cost of the internet has to be lowered and the service made available for healthcare systems to adopt the mentioned technology.
How Medical Informatics Seeks to Solve Quality Care and Implementation Problems
The integration of medical informatics is critical in the implementation and provision of quality care. The system depends on the internet to promote an instant exchange of medical information among health practitioners, such as doctors and pharmacists. The approach is mainly meant to improve treatment and enhance patient-centered care (Ngafeeson, 2015). Equally, the technique can involve the usage of a cloud system to store patient data and prevent possible theft by unauthorized people. Medical informatics assists in reducing the occurrence of errors thereby facilitating the provision of quality medication.
Goals of Medical Informatics in Electronic Health Record Implementation
The primary purpose of the EHR is to enhance the quality, security, efficiency, and reduction of the medical costs. Moreover, through the implementation of the system, the physicians and other medical practitioners enhance coordination in monitoring patients. The technique can promote automatic exchange and updating of medical data among various departments. The invention can also help in the standardization of medical services thereby, enhancing workflow.
Health informatics system is beneficial to the hospital sector since the technique helps in the provision of quality care and allows an instant exchange of information among the health providers. Through the reduction in medical errors and its capability to enhance evidence-based decision making, the system assists in promoting improved medication. Equally, the invention allows health providers to track the patients’ conditions and offer appropriate remedies. However, issues such as usability, internet access, and data privacy among other concerns impede the adoption and implementation of informatics in health facilities. The technology uses the internet to enable healthcare workers to solve the problem of quality care as it allows them to disseminate information efficiently. As such, the primary goal of the device is to improve the quality and standardization of medical services.
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