Computerized Healthcare Management Systems

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Computerized Healthcare Management Systems Healthcare information systems are comprehensive, integrated systems designed to manage the medical, administrative, financial, and legal aspects of a hospital and its service processing("HIS," n.d., para. 1). Computerized management systems can increase quality of patient care and provide organizations with numerous benefits, including cost savings. In addition to the savings the system provides, providers are also compensated for adopting these types of systems by the government. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) act of 2009 provides monetary incentives to healthcare providers(e.g., hospitals and physicians) who adopt electronic health record systems. Increase in Quality Care Computerized management systems can improve quality of care by increasing accessibility and providing higher quality documentation. These specialized systems allow for access to a patient's chart in multiple locations by multiple people, 24/7(Aravalo, 2007). This is necessary for quick exchange of information between disciplines in order to guide timely care. Different providers in different disciplines are able to review and document in a patient's chart at the same time. Before computerized systems, providers had to request a patient's chart and wait for it before they could review and document in it. Now a patient's chart is located in one centralized place which is also beneficial to timely care but also helps keep records up to date. Current records are achievable because clinicians are able to document patient information such as notes regarding progress of treatment and medications prescribed in "real time". Clear communication also leads to increased quality of care. Before computerized management systems, records were written which led the provider to interpret handwriting and possibly

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