Benefits of HIT
The healthcare system is currently in jeopardy despite the massive $1.7 trillion dollar cash injection. This is due to poor quality and inefficiency, as well as lack of better information systems. I am sure you agree with me that most health providers lack the necessary information systems to monitor management systems. With that said, listed below are the benefits of adoption of an efficient health information technology.
1. Efficiency savings
The primary benefit offered by health information technology is efficient savings when work in done successfully with limited resources. If hospitals adopted HIT, efficiency savings resulting in both outpatient and inpatient care would cost about $70 billion annually. This savings come from reduced hospital bills due to better co-ordination and scheduling as well as proficient drug utilization.
2. Better safety
Improved safety largely results from reminders and alerts generated by Computer Aided systems. Such systems offer real-time information to doctors – for instance, warning about the risk of adverse reaction with a patient’s drug. If hospitals implement a Computer Aided system for medication, annual savings would be realized.
3. Screenings and preventive services
Recent studies show that HIT can provide two essential interventions in the health care industry, namely chronic-disease management and disease prevention. HIT can help the prevention of diseases by screening patient records and recommending preventive services, like scanning and vaccinations.
4. Disease management
The health care system can facilitate disease management by identifying patients that require tests and other services to ensure there is consistency when recording results. Hospitals using HIT can transmit consistent results to other providers, allowing immediate response to latent problems. In a nutshell, disease management can lower hospitalization costs thereby providing affordable health care to all citizens.
The health care system has its own disparities as well. With few resources, health care can not be provided equitably meaning that some hospitals are under funded in the process.