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The Intersection of Healthcare and IT

THE INTERSECTION OF HEALTHCARE & IT The healthcare industry is in need of more efficient, effective, and affordable ways to provide the highest quality and error-free care. Luckily, health informatics is here to help. What Is Health Informatics? The science behind the convergence of healthcare, information technology, and business Allows healthcare professionals to promote, wellness, provide higher quality care, and protect patient safety Manages all aspects of the effective and efficient planning, collection, organization, implementation, analysis, and use of data to create information within the healthcare system Electronic health Billing, insurance, and reimbursement of healthcare expenses Patient education through records available to multimedia efforts patients and clinicians Electronic health information Research and analysis of healthcare costs, trends, or threats And much more! exchange between various health care providers Health informatics connects the healthcare world with the information it needs while always looking for a better way to promote wellness and provide higher quality care and protect patient safety What Do Health Informatics Professionals Do? 50,000 health informatics workers will be needed in the next 5-7 years 21% Projected increase in health IT jobsI between 2010 and 2020 Health informatics professionals: Devise, implement, and maintain the systems to capture, store, and organize a patient's medical and related data Process medical documents Maintain patient confidentiality more efficiently Troubleshoot and improve all technologies and workflows that are used in the delivery Ensure patient records are Compile and analyze medical data for better quality care, research, complete, accurate, and easily available to medical professionals and cost control of healthcare Sub-disciplines of Health Informatics include: Health Informatics encompasses a vast array of more focused areas of study Nursing informatics Medical informatics Pharmacy informatics Bioinformatics Pharmaceutical informatics Clinical informatics Public health informatics Consumer informatics Health IT Health information management What Are the Benefits of Health Informatics? Time and Cost Reduction Health informatics systems can: Lower malpractice claims' A study including 189 Massachusetts practices showed that the number of 50% of all healthcare dollars are wasted on malpractice claims dropped from 49 to 2 after introducing electronic health records inefficient processes Automate labor-intensive or time-consuming practices In a survey of 600 health management professionals, Facilities using medical informatics systems can fully audit patient records in 1.4 hours compared to 3.9 hours through paper systems Eliminate the need for repeated and duplicate tests or procedures 52% Streamline the medical care process 75% of clinicians using electronic health records receive lab results faster 82% report that electronic prescribing saves time and reduces errors said they hope electronic health records will lower operational costs ............ $37M-$59M hat implement electronic health records over 5years Studies have shown the monetary benefits for large hospitals Improved Care Health information exchange increases coordination between care providers of providers report that electronic health 75% records allow them to deliver better care Electronic health records provide: Easy access for all medical professionals, even in remote locations Enhanced decision support, including Legible, complete documentation with an accurate medical history Safer, more reliable prescribing warnings of drug interactions Patient Education Young Type 1 diabetes patients report that an electronic log of their glucose levels and insulin use is: 62% more fun to use and of health management professionals say patient education is a primary objective of their 61% 34% more preferable to use in the future than a paper log healthcare IT strategies Keeps patients informed and involved in their healthcare Patients can have direct access Medical and consumer informatics to their health records systems can be set up to help patients manage their own care The federal government has set the goal for most Americans to have an electronic health record by 2014. The skills of trained health informatics professionals will be key in the upcoming years to create a reliable, efficient healthcare system that puts the patient first. Interested in this growing and revolutionary field? Check out the University of Illinois at Chicago's degree options for health informatics, including a Masters in Science or a Post-Masters certificate. http://healthinformatics.uic.edu 1. http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/ehr-use-linked-to-fewer-malpractice-claims/article/247487/ SOURCES: http://healthinformatics.uic.edu http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/emr_ehrlemr_ehr.htm http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/factsheets/informatic/informaticslindex.html#qualityofcare http://www.hicareers.com/health_information_101/health_information_101.aspx http://www.bls.govlooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-informationtechnicians.htm http://www.usnews.comfeducation/best-colleges/articles/2012/09/12/discover-9-newcollege-majors-with-a-future? page=2 http://www.coiera.com/health-informatics.htm http://www.ahrq.govidownloads/publevidence/pdf/hitsyscosts/hitsys.pdf http://healthinformatics.uic.edu/reduction-in-malpractice-claims-linked-to-medicalinformatics-usage-800806395/ http://healthinformatics.uic.edu/medical-informatics-vital-for-continued-cost-reductionsand-Better-health-says-report-600726872/ http://healthinformatics.uic.edu/preventative-medicine-improved-by-medical-informaticssystems-says-study-8007097671 http://www.healthit.gov/patients-families/benefits-health-it http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/health-care-quality-convenience http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionalsímedical-practice-efficiencies-costsavings http://www.healthit.gow/providers-professionalsípatient-participation http:/www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/factsheets/informatic/informaticslindex.html#chronicdisease

The Intersection of Healthcare and IT

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This infographic takes a look at the field of health informatics, explaining the relation between healthcare and technology.

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