How Does HIT Influence Patient Care and Safety?

How Does HIT Influence Patient Care and Safety?

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, August 27, 2021

Health information technology encompasses many technologies, including simple charting, advanced decision assistance, and medical technology integration.

FREMONT, CA: Customer expectations never stay the same in a world that is constantly changing and evolving. A recent example is the pandemic. It had a negative impact on many industries, but healthcare was the worst hit. Providers, healthcare workers, and patients all had to prepare for and accept new ways to deal with a scenario in which physical touch was deemed lethal. Telehealth saved providers and allowed people to consult doctors from the convenience of their own homes. Hospitals have been nudged by technology and connected care to automate workflows and extend healthcare services beyond the hospital's four walls. It has streamlined processes that were previously time-consuming and appeared to be unattainable.

Today's facilities, providers, hospitals, and health companies require powerful and flexible healthcare IT systems that satisfy today's needs and position them for the future. Health Information Technology (HIT) is defined as the application of information processing involving both computer hardware and software that deals with the storage, retrieval, exchange, and use of health care information, data, and knowledge for communication and decision making.

HIT has a substantial impact on patient care and patient safety in healthcare settings. According to a study, EHRs can minimize prescription mistakes by 95 percent. Furthermore, the recent decade saw widespread use of electronic health records (EHR) around the world. This has resulted in a huge shift, with the migration from paper records to electronic health records (EHR) benefiting clinicians, payers, and patients in various ways. There is no need to look through paper records, copy and fax records to other hospitals and doctors, or make phone calls to discuss the patient's health during an emergency or before interstate or intrastate transfers. With improved EHR, it is simple for doctors to send patient data to other doctors right away.

The Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT) and HIT are critical in minimizing errors, saving time, ensuring safety, and providing alarms. HIT encompasses many technologies, including simple charting, advanced decision assistance, and medical technology integration. HIT has immense potential for transforming healthcare, as evidenced by the following examples.

Reducing human error.

Clinical outcomes are improving.

Aiding in the coordination of care.

Increasing the effectiveness of the practice.

Data collection and analysis.

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