Advantages of Healthcare Information Technology.
Today’s world is becoming more and more computerized with every passing day. Automation has been achieved even to the simplest of tasks. The healthcare sector has not also been left behind and has made major strides towards the application of computerized systems in healthcare thus giving rise to healthcare information technology. We must have noticed there are strides that have been made in the healthcare sector and this can be attributed to information technology. A faction of IT that is involved in the creation, design, maintenance and application of information systems and applications in treatment, diagnosis and storage of information is what we call healthcare information technology. There are many benefits of healthcare information technology.
The first advantage of healthcare information technology is that it has quickened lab testing and release of results. Lab testing is very important because it will determine the direction of treatment to take and is one of the initial stages of diagnosis. A while back, testing would take so many hours to get the results. At times the testing was not accurate and the results also the same. Wrong diagnosis and treatment will therefore bring up so many cases. However due to healthcare information technology testing is now faster and more accurate in terms of the results.
A lot of costs have been saved due to healthcare information technology. Inefficient processes at first led to a lot of money being spent. This led to an aggregate of very large amounts. Less time and resources are spent trying to do something when processes are more efficient. Due to healthcare information technology, processes such as capture of information and recording have been made so easy, faster and with minimal errors.
Another benefit of healthcare information technology is that it has resulted ease of access. Patients can easily track their records and have more access to them. Patients are made more knowledgeable about their health issues and progress and thus feel more involved in the process. As patients monitor their progress there also encouraged to manage their health. To add on that, people meant to have trust in the process and the whole system.
Finally, healthcare information technology has greatly made work easier. Processes that have now been automated while most of them initially done manually. Human efforts has greatly been eliminated and work has been made so easy as most of the work such as information recording is done by automated systems. So comfortable and easy has life been thus made.
Due to the above advantages we must therefore appreciate the strides that healthcare information technology has made us achieve.