What is Health Information Technology?
Health information technology is the sector of information technology that deals with health and medical care technological systems, as it involves designing, developing, using and maintaining electronic healthcare systems.
At the center of health information technology is the “Electronic Health Record”. This electronic health record contains health information and details about an individual and is shared among many agencies and facilities that have interest in this kind of information. Among other information, the record contains contact information, allergies, insurance information and a list of medications.
Other essential components of a health information system include the “Electronic medical record” and the “Personal Health Record”.
Benefits of Health Information Technology
The Electronic Health Record holds most of the benefits of the Health Information System. Think about it like this; the electronic health record is that paper chart that you see doctors holding all the time, its your contact information, it tells medical staff what allergies you have, what medications you took in the past and are taking right now, it is a representation of every single detail that the medical staff need to know about you, and it is shared among all the health care providers that you might encounter. This electronic health record, increases the effectiveness and efficiency of medical staff when dealing with patients, it reduces the amount of paperwork that has to be done by you as a patient, and by the doctors and other medical staff handling your case. The electronic health record insures that your medical records are transferred accurately between staff and organizations. Another benefit (and probably the best of them all) is that a health information technology system reduces costs incurred by you, your insurance company, and the government as a whole. Have you ever had to retake medical tests ordered by one doctor because they were not readily available to the other doctor dealing with your case? Whether you paid for the tests or someone else did (the government, insurance companies …etc) these tests cost money, and eliminating the need to retake unnecessary medical tests contributes to decrease the costs of healthcare in general. This is one of the primary reasons why health information technology is being implemented on a wide scale in many developed and developing countries.
ASAL technologies worked with multiple organizations dealing with the health sector, in addition to other sectors, such as government sector, in addition to many others, you can check out some of our projects here.
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