Evolution of Health Care Information Essay

1097 Words Mar 10th, 2011 5 Pages
Health Information Systems
HCS 533
January 10, 2011
Evolution of Health Care Information Over the last 20 years dramatic changes have occurred in the health care industry. “Health care technology has exploded over the last 20 years, not just in the arena of medical diagnosis and treatment, but also in the area of health information and documentation” (The art of patient care, 2008, p. 1).
Two Major Events Twenty years ago, Riverview Hospital was limited with technology. The use of paper files for patient records is a thing of the past. Today Riverview Hospital uses electronic medical records (EMR). “An EMR is able to electronically collect and store patient data, supply that information to providers on request, permit
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Loaded with suitable functions and software applications, a PDA might qualify as the tool that personnel and students in health care need” (PubMed, 2008, p. 1). “According to a May 2002 article in BNET, PDA software enables health care professionals to store patient information, order prescriptions directly to pharmacies, check on lab results and access medical information remotely. PDA programs even allow health care professionals to document billing and claims encounters to be submitted to health plans” (eHow, 2010, p. 1). The EMR system can connect doctors in a single practice and then share patient data with clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies if their systems are linked and compatible.
EMR and PDA With the implementation of the EMR and the PDA, Riverview Hospital has seen an increase in the number of patients. Although patient stays have decreased, the number of patients which pass though the hospital has increased. The average stay today is half of what it was 20 years ago. “With the introduction of technology, health care providers have the ability to look up almost any aspect of medical information needed at the touch of a button” (The art of patient care, n.d., p. 1). The EMR implementation at Riverview Hospital has improved quality, outcomes, and safety. The EMR has improved efficiency, productivity, and cost reduction. The EMR has also improved service and satisfaction. “With PDAs, health care professionals can provide quality medical

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