Improving Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology
According to “What is Health Informatics,” new high-tech informatics or Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) is extending the cognitive capacity of physicians, healthcare providers, administrators, and patients, allowing them to provide or request better healthcare services that wouldn’t otherwise be provided. Today there is healthcare informatics, medical informatics, nursing informatics, clinical informatics, biomedical informatics, and more.
Dr. Noni MacDonald of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences explains, “what Health Informatics is really is about is how do we take all of these tools and have everybody able to manage health, health care systems, and their own personal health in a better way. That’s whether you’re the mayor of the city, whether you’re the Dean of Medicine, whether you’re the CEO of one of the biggest health organization or you’re John Q Public who’s just cut their finger. That’s what it’s all about.”
HIT today requires and promotes higher levels of competency through the use of hardware, software, and communication systems which significantly improve operational management and clinical applications, selection, implementation, and valuation.
Health Informatics Saving Lives
Health Informatics is now helping doctors and administrators create better Electronic Medical Records (EMR). And better apps and software that are interoperable are also giving doctors higher-quality information than ever before. Health informatics is also having an effect on medical decision-making.
The following video, “What is Healthcare Informatics,” provides a brief overview of the field.