Healthcare is essential for the progress of a country. If the population is healthy it produces more and the economy rises. We all want to be healthy and live longer. Therefore, we all make contributions, one way or another, to make the healthcare one of the most information intensive sector of the United States economy. Nowadays, not only doctors and research institutions are the ones providing healthcare information. Advances in communication, such as the Internet, have made, and will continue to make, available millions of healthcare informational sources to the opulation.
But, what is happening with all these information? Clearly, since decades ago, healthcare professionals have been worrying about the quality of the healthcare information and how effective the policies and procedures established for the management and analysis of clinical data followed by healthcare professional are. In the 1961 EMR video, a study was presented in order to analyze the possibility of eliminating the paperwork or part of the paperwork in a hospital. Yes, the conclusions of the study make it seem that the problems were all solved.
I think implementation of health information technology systems in healthcare rganizations is essential to resolve this issue. In order to make this happen, several actions must take place and here I mention some of them. A robust national health information exchange structure must be build; the preparation of healthcare professionals to work around such environments is necessary; integration of policies, process and people in a healthcare organization to work with such systems is vital; and empowerment of clinical information, through personal health records, shall be given to patients.