The Rise of Healthcare IT

The healthcare industry has welcomed a significant shift in its operations through “health informatics.” This is the multidisciplinary approach that combines healthcare, information technology, and business, all three of which had revolutionized the industry. This direction also paved the way for the creation of more jobs in each of the mentioned sectors.

Despite the opportunities health informatics provide, however, some professionals are still concerned about allowing computers evaluate and manage most of a patient’s data. For medical professionals, dependence in technology might be a cause for impersonal diagnosis, leading to an equally detached delivery of care.

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But it cannot be denied that health informatics can speed up labor intensive and time-consuming healthcare processes, whether administrative or medical in nature. With fully automated systems, the time needed to evaluate a patient’s records can be cut in half, in turn also reducing supervisory requirements of the task. And because databases are digitized easily accessible, errors and miscalculations can also be reduced.

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As innovations in information technology permeate the healthcare industry, many people will benefit from the changes manifested. Utilizing technology for more accurate diagnoses will allow medical professionals to tailor the type of care for each patient. On the other hand, this will require the manpower and skills of more IT professionals who will ensure that the patients and medical professionals receive precise data.

Alexander Paler is an Ohioan who works at Illinois­based CriticalKey, a business consulting, software, and management services company. He is also a sports fan and a video game enthusiast. Follow this Twitter account for the latest in technology.