n response to your peers, discuss the information they have provided. How is the information useful or not useful to you as a professional in this field of study?
Where has healthcare information management been historically?
HIM dates its origins to 1928 with the formation of the Association of Record Librarians of North America (ARLNA) under the auspices of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). ACS recognized the need to establish a knowledgeable workforce to implement and manage standardized methods of collecting, storing, and retrieving patient data and records. (Gibson et al., 2015). HIM is an essential tool that documents patient information, results, and outcomes. Providers and patients benefit from this form of communication by providing quality care in a safe and secure manner.
How has the introduction of technology dramatically changed the landscape?
“Telehealth” has recently emerged as a more comprehensive term defined as “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical healthcare, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration”. Telehealth, therefore, includes telemedicine and reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the field and the rapid growth of telecommunications and web-based healthcare resources. (White, et al., 2001) Telehealth has dramatically changed the way doctors provided care during the pandemic. Technology has allowed healthcare providers to connect, diagnose and treat patients from a distance while maintaining safety.
The increase of technology requires proper management since patient data security will become a concern. Proper monitoring of patient data is critical and not violating HIPAA protocols is significant. The larger the organization, the more data is produced and the more security management is necessary to protect patients and their privacy. With development and advancements comes risk, as long as it is properly managed and regulated, health information technology can be a powerful tool and resource.
Gibson, C. J., Dixon, B. E., & Abrams, K. (2015). Convergent evolution of health information management and health informatics: a perspective on the future of information professionals in health care. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4377568/
Ortiz, E. & Clancy, C. (2003) Use of Information Technology to Improve the Quality of Health Care in the United States https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1360897/
White, L., Krousel-Wood, M.,& Mather, F. (2001) TechnologyMeets Healthcare: Distance Learning and Telehealth https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3116779/