Future of Healthcare Delivery

Future of Healthcare Delivery

According to our lecture, the possibilities of HIT in relation to healthcare are limitless. Discuss what this may mean for the future of healthcare delivery. In your discussion, be sure to address the hesitation of older populations to accept technology. Would you personally be comfortable receiving surgery or receiving medications without human interaction? In replying to your peers, comment on their comfort level with such technology.

Be sure to cite your references as needed.

Lecture

Decision-Making with HIT

This week, we turn our attention to the growing use of HIT in both administrative and clinical decision-making. In fact, health technology is so critical in decision-making that a new branch of healthcare research, clinical decision support (CDS), has been created. Massively complex technology databases have been developed that aid clinicians, patients, and administrators in improving quality while reducing costs. Imagine a computer program so advanced that a doctor only needs to key in a few key symptoms and the system would generate not only a multitude of possible diagnoses, but also include specific treatment options based on age, weight, and gender. Additionally, some of the more advanced CDS systems offer procedure refreshers, training, and may even contain educational videos with detailed instructions.

These systems would need to contain all known biological processes, drug interactions and efficacy rates, as well as current patient outcomes and morbidity rates. The astute reader realizes that obtaining current patient outcomes would require that the system communicate with other HIT systems and be capable of self-updates. Such systems currently exist and are increasingly being used in a multitude of fashions. HITECH (discussed previously) earmarked billions of dollars to aid in the development and implementation of such programs.

Current CDS systems are capable of not only interfacing with various government and provider based software, they are also capable of communicating directly with the patient via their smartphone. Smartphone applications are now available that link the patient with the provider and remind patient of pertinent checkups and exams, process medication refills instantly, as well as monitor patient vitals from home. The patient can also receive updated information on doctor or procedure wait times thus enhancing the patient experience and improving outcomes.

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