The Integration of IT in HealthcareJane Petersen
April 15, 2013 — 947 views
Information technology has penetrated almost all sectors. Whether it is the food industry or a high-profile crane operation, without the support of computer commands,it may be difficult to ensure smooth functioning. When all the other fields have caught on to enjoy the benefits of IT, why should healthcare stay behind?
You may find comprehensive IT systems in hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, online medical portals and more. This is because virtual networks allow you to connect with any medical professional or institute at all times. While it is still not adopted by all healthcare units;it is highly recommended by early adopters.
Gone are the days when a nurse or an intern have to run around the hospital, trying to locate a document for a patient or contact the doctor just to understand the medication. medical IT systems integrated in your organization will allow you to have the entire information of the patients, their allergies and any special requirement required, referred doctor and specialist visit, medication, blood type, etc. in a single application. In addition, it even compiles data from the family doctor of the patient, giving a comprehensive medical history. This is not only great for doctors, but also safe for patients with serious illnesses or emergency needs. It allows people to have more faith in your hospital or clinic.
As the information is available freely for all medical practitioners, the overall management and monitoring for patients become easy. In addition, data about in-house doctors, visiting faculty, nurses and even specialist visitsin certain cases may be available in a single application.
IT also provides a unique feature known as Board Portal. In this, the directors and senior-level managers of the hospital or medical institute may hold meetings virtually for making crucial, last-minute decisions, thus, saving time.
Deterring Duplicate Treatments
Your doctor may suggest that you get a second opinion or refer you to a specialist. With different doctors, the patients may need to mention their entire history and symptoms again. Besides, when the tests and analyses are available easily to all your specialists, checking and diagnosing becomes easy. Along with this, patients with critical, time-bound illnesses do not waste time, and get treatment almost immediately.
Accuracy in Treatment
When the entire medical data for patients is so well organized, doctors are in a better position to take accurate decisions and provide timely diagnoses. When computers handle all the regulations for a person's food and medical requirement, there is no scope of manual errors, which may sometimes prove to be fatal. Additionally, the online images and reports are available to the doctor for viewing even at a later date for comparison with current reports.
Integrating information technology into the healthcare sector has led to a range of benefits that are not only helpful to patients but also to hospitals and other healthcare institutes.