As defined by OMICS International, Health Informatics is a discipline of science, which deals with the intersection of information science, computer science, medical informatics, healthcare informatics.” Healthcare Informatics is a large part of how clinicians can ensure excellence in the quality and safety of patient care. This technology is growing rapidly due to the need for quality patient and healthcare within pharmacy, dentistry and public health.
Patients Taking Part in Healthcare
One of the significant advantages to Healthcare informatics is that patients are able to get involved in their own healthcare. Patient portals give way to records access people never had before. These portals make it easier to see diagnoses, treatments, medications and much more and also provide a way to speak directly to their nurses and doctors with any questions they may have. It has been found that when patients have such an ease of access to their medical information, they start taking a more significant part in their health.
Coordination Across Multiple Channels
Nowadays, patients have multiple providers in which they are seen by regularly, including primary care physicians and specialty offices. With new technology and healthcare informatics systems, physicians are able to save information onto electronic medical and health records. Keeping all pertinent medical information on an online system where offices in the same network, or even outside of that network, can access and review, creates an increase in organization and quality of care.
With the coordination among medical offices, brought together by these healthcare informatics systems, we improve not only the quality of patient care but also a reduced margin for error within in diagnoses, billing, records, etc. Being able to do tasks that were once manually done, with the updated technology and records system increases the positive experience for patients, caregivers a well as the administrative and clinical staff.
Although there are many factors that play into the importance of healthcare informatics, one thing we can count on is the constant need for updated technology in order to improve healthcare. These systems have shown they play a substantial part in patient care and are vital to the continued improvement and quality of care.