The healthcare sector has always experimented with new technologies that evolved over time. Now it is widely using the potential of information technology for improving the efficiency of medical treatments and also for providing better healthcare for people. Medical information technology is utilizing the highly efficient computer systems for managing staff, storing patient data, tracking patient treatment, accessing medical profiles, and a lot more.
Basics of Medical Information Technology
Even though medical information technology has a wide range of possibilities, its core aim is data storage and health information exchange. The main component of medical information technology is the Electronic Health Record (EHR). This record contains all the data about a patient including his/her health conditions, previous medical records and even allergies. This will help the doctors to get all the information regarding a patient, thereby helping them to determine the right treatments.
In addition to this, medical information technology has a vast number of applications including staff scheduling, tracking operations, enabling better communication between staff and patients, maintaining real-time inventory information, etc.
Benefits of medical information technology
Medical information technology provides numerous benefits for both patients and healthcare providers. Some of them are listed below:
Increased patient safety: Along with storing health information, medical information technology can synthesize the data about a patient. Hence, it became possible to perform security check-ups to find out the adverse effects of a particular medication before prescribing it for a patient. Also, being able to store all the medical information regarding a patient will help to avoid costly mistakes that can arise during decision making
Efficient care coordination: With the help of medical information technology, different doctors can work together on the records of a particular patient. It allows multiple medical professionals to simultaneously get involved in a patient’s treatment for recording, disseminating, and also for sharing logs, findings and updates. Hence, it is possible to get health advice for a particular patient from other doctors located in different parts of the world.
Enhanced performance analysis
The medical information system will enable the analysis of the performance of each employee, hence, the governing bodies can make decisions about employees based on their individual skillsets.
It can also be used to analyze the performance of a particular treatment on a patient. Hence, it will be helpful to decide the right medications and treatment for a patient based on his/her previous records.
Increased patient information accessibility
With the advent of information systems, it became easy to access patient data from anywhere with an internet connection. It also made possible for patients to access their own medical information with ease. Therefore, patients can also actively take part in their treatment.