How Information Technology Affects Patient Safety And Care?

How Information Technology Affects Patient Safety And Care?

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, May 12, 2022

Health information technology's impact on patient safety and care is as diverse as the systems and equipment now in use.

Fremont, CA: In the twenty-first century, technological advancements have resulted in considerable changes in healthcare. While much of this influence is due to the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), other technologies are also increasing healthcare efficiency and patient safety, and health outcomes. Telehealth and telemedicine are examples of these advancements, as are wearable medical gadgets and interoperable systems. Putting this new technology to work demands a strong partnership between health physicians and health IT professionals who ensure that the technology is used to help medical staff and patient safety to the greatest extent possible.

How Information Technology affects patient safety and care?

Health information technology's impact on patient safety and care is as diverse as the systems and equipment now in use. However, much of it stems from medical facilities' adoption of EHRs over the last decade. These records serve as a central repository for a patient's medical history, facilitating the interchange of clinical data such as physician notes, test results, and information about prescription medications.

EHRs consider the role of human factors in healthcare, enhancing communication and offering a "single source of truth" for patient health and treatment, allowing for improved patient care coordination. Beyond information visibility and sharing, the influence of information technology has grown to include the use of data for data-informed patient care. Advanced data analytics is becoming an increasingly critical component of patient safety improvement. The coronavirus pandemic demonstrated the use of health data, with analytics algorithms able to build COVID-19 patient risk profiles that improved early identification of patients most at risk of lethal results.

With the breadth of available technology, healthcare leaders and health information technology experts must take a methodical approach to implement the technology that is most appropriate for their individual circumstances. This is most effective when three critical characteristics of healthcare technology are understood.

Understanding needs

Administrators, clinical leaders, and information technology executives must collaborate to identify areas where technology might improve their particular organization and then establish goals for what they hope to accomplish with that technology.

Asking the right questions

Both health IT workers and doctors must evaluate each prospective technological solution in terms of its influence on clinicians' work, its impact on patient care and safety, and, ultimately, its impact on positive health outcomes.

Bringing health IT and health clinicians together

Asking the proper questions requires collaboration between health doctors and health information technology to improve the coordination of each group's work. That is the most effective strategy to ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding how to approach technology integration. For instance, allowing IT workers to attend clinical meetings may provide a better understanding of medical processes.

Weekly Brief