How Information Technology Contributes to Healthcare Quality

How Information Technology Contributes to Healthcare Quality

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, November 18, 2021

Summary: Transportation, research and development, manufacturing, and education are all impacted by information technology in the twenty-first century, but there is one field where information technology may have the greatest impact: healthcare.

FREMONT, CA: Information technology is storing, retrieving, and transmitting information using various technologies, such as telecommunications and computers. Thus, healthcare information technology refers to the application of technological systems for the management of health-related data. More precisely, healthcare information technology refers to the electronic interchange of health-related data. Numerous studies have demonstrated that the use of information technology results in numerous benefits, including enhanced medical treatment, decreased medical errors, lower health care expenses, and more economical health care overall.

Healthcare information technology is applying technology to the collection, evaluation, and distribution of patient-related data. The purpose of information technology in the healthcare industry is to improve the population's overall health by enhancing the quality of treatment provided to patients.

Information technology is critical in the healthcare business because it: Assists in the delivery of more accurate, actionable, and accessible health information to patients, and this information is more personalized to fit their unique needs.

  • Assists healthcare professionals and patients in making joint decisions
  • Create social support networks for patients and healthcare workers alike
  • It enables quicker and more informed judgments about health-related dangers affecting both people and the public
  • Increased knowledge and ability to make more educated decisions about health-related information affecting individual patients and the general public
  • The preceding list is not exhaustive of the reasons why information technology is critical in the healthcare business.

It has been demonstrated that the application of information technology in the healthcare sector considerably improves the quality of treatment provided to patients. For instance, Health Affairs claims that clinical errors in the health business are responsible for an estimated 44,000 fatalities per year in the United States, including processing problems that result in patients not receiving recommended therapies. Patients' quality of care can be considerably improved by using technology systems, such as electronic health records and digital orders for physician-recommended therapies. Information technology systems facilitate access to explicit care guidelines, reducing processing errors and improving care quality. As a result of this decrease in processing errors, the Institute of Medicine has advocated using information technology—specifically, automated order entry for physicians—to help lessen inpatient processing errors. Not only does information technology improve patient records, but it also improves nurse care. Nursing informatics is a relatively young health-related discipline that has gained traction in the healthcare sector. This profession combines nursing, information technology management, and nursing to give patients with individualized treatment. Another way that information technology improves the quality of healthcare is through facilitating clinician-clinician contact. It enhances medical professional teamwork by decreasing errors and miscommunication, ultimately enhancing patient care and treatment outcomes.

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