THE IMPACT OF MEDICAL HEALTH RECORDS ON THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.In the recent past there has been exponential technological innovations tearing through every functional unit of the society.
In the recent past there has been exponential technological innovations tearing through every functional unit of the society. The health care industry is increasing facing complexity in operation, increased public demand, complexity of diseases, sophisticated diagnostic methods and need for confidentiality among patients, hospitals have been forced to adapt information systems that will premise all these needs under one roof. Luckily these multifaceted needs can be solved by enhanced computing power, increased data storage and sophisticated programs. Technology has enabled organizations all over the world to enjoy infinite data storage and vast computing power. Medical practitioners, computer scientist and academicians have aided the health industry by leveraging on this breakthrough to develop health record systems. Researchers and academicians alike concur that health care technology is the fastest growing sector in the entire world. Although the concept is nascent and gradually evolving to cater for the diverse and emerging issues in health care provision; the health care industry in the United States of America is still touted as the most inefficient information industry, with most of the medical record still in white and black (Rosenfeld, Bernasek and Mendelson, 2005). This is a major setback to both the industry and the patients, as this result into disjointed patients’ medical history due to paper loss. It is estimated annual income attributable to the United States of America is in excess of
$1.7 trillion, however, the reported cases of mortality is double the average of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development which reports half of the United States of America annual revenue (Hillestad, Bigelow, Bower, Girosi, Meili, Scoville and Taylor, 2005).