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Health information technology
(HIT) provides the umbrella framework to describe the comprehensive management of health information and its secure exchange between consumers, providers, government and quality entities, and insurers. Health information technology (HIT) in general are increasingly viewed as the most promising tool for improving the overall quality, safety and efficiency of the health delivery system (Chaudhry et al., 2006). Broad and consistent utilization of HIT will:
  • Improve health care quality;
  • Prevent medical errors;
  • Reduce health care costs;
  • Increase administrative efficiencies;
  • Decrease paperwork; and
  • Expand access to affordable care.

The Health Resources and Services Administration promotes the widespread availability and use of digital networks to improve access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.
Health Information Technology is the use of information and communication technology in health care. Health Information Technology can include:

  • electronic health records
  • personal health records
  • e-mail communication
  • clinical alerts and reminders
  • computerized decision support systems
  • hand-held devices

Other technologies that store, protect, retrieve and transfer clinical, administrative, and financial information electronically within health care settings.


Health information technicians are responsible for performing a variety of technical health information functions in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, insurance companies, physician groups and managed care companies. These functions include: organizing, analyzing and technically evaluating health information; compiling various administrative and health statistics; and coding using ICD-9-CM and CPT.
Other duties may include: maintaining and using a variety of health information indexes; special registries and storage retrieval systems; inputting and retrieving computerized health data; and controlling the use and release of health information. To fulfill these responsibilities, health information technicians must develop a broad range of clinical and technological skills.


I recently spent a couple of days and nights at the hospital and observed the use of Health IT. In my opinion, Health IT is the best thing the hospital could ask for… Its so much better than having everything paperback. Technology is upgrading as we speak.. So years from now, Health IT would be more advanced then it it right now.. This is just the beginning, so the end is yet to come.


Terminology:

  • Application Service Provider (ASP)
  • CPT Category I Code
  • Electronic Health Records (EHR)
  • Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
  • National Health Information Newtwork (NHIN)
  • Personal Health Records (PHR)
  • Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO)
  • Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED)



References:

Report (2008)
The Underserved and Health Information Technology: Issues and Opportunities (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
"Health information technology." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 24 Sep 2009, 14:00 UTC. 13 Oct 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Health_information_technology&oldid=315915019>.