Health Information Systems Essay

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Discuss the impact technologies have had (and will have) on healthcare information systems. In the past century medicine has changed completely, and primarily due to new technological advances in healthcare information systems. We have evolved from hand writing medical records and storing in record facilities to typing medical records using a computer system that could be shared by another physician half way across the world. Technology has also had an impact on how we bill and collect funds from patients. In the 1960s there was a struggle for medical facilities to recoup their revenue from patients, now many doctors are compensated by pay for performance. Computer systems have evolved from being centralized to then being shared. With the introduction of the World Wide Web in the 1990s, healthcare facilities have the ability to communicate globally. (Wager, Lee, & Glaser, 2009) Technology is, and will always be, forever changing and improving. The challenge health information systems face are finding a unified system to work in all healthcare aspects and all healthcare facilities nationwide (and possibly globally) and keeping up with technology. One company, NextGen Healthcare, offers a wide variety of technologically advanced services to include Electronic Health Records (EHRs). They even have multiple links on their website which allow potential customers and users to view an online demo or tutorial on how to use their products. What is even more technologically savvy is that they also offer a live product demo webinar a few times a month so people can not only learn about the healthcare information systems they offer, but they can also ask a real person questions if necessary. (NextGen Healthcare Online Demonstration, 2012) One of the cutting-edge leaders in technology today, Apple Inc., has also incorporated their technology with healthcare
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