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What are the uses of information technology in healthcare?

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Rochan Chand

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Information Technology refers to the use of computers to create, store, process, and retrieve electronic data or information. The field of information technology is growing fast, and it is being used in different areas and fields. It is used in the business industry, banking sector, railways, commerce and trade, and many other fields. It is also used in one of the most critical areas which are Medical Science, and it is known as Health information technology(HIT).

Health information technology (HIT) is the application of the IT industry in medical science. HIT refers to the use of computer hardware and software for the storage and use of healthcare information and to record the data of the patients. HIT supports the maintenance of data and patient’s information. This allows the doctors and the health and government agencies to have immediate access to the information or electronic data.

The use of IT in the healthcare industry is improving the healthcare industry. Various tools and apps are beneficial for patients. An individual can keep track of his/her health, follow a diet chart or can even connect with a doctor with the help of the mobile application.

Benefits of Information Technology in Healthcare: 

  • Patient’s medical history is maintained and can be easily tracked.
  • Data can be stored and retrieved easily.
  • The use of HIT has reduced the risks of medication errors.
  • Improved medication safety.
  • Reduces the paperwork required to maintain the data.
  • It also helps maintain patients confidentiality.
  • It gives you and your healthcare provider the direct access to your health records and medical history.
  • Maintaining data in computers is less time-consuming in comparison to managing data on papers.
  • According to studies, the use of HIT reduces the cost of outpatient care.
  • Improves the quality of care as well as the quality of life.

There has been a significant change in the medical field because of HIT. It is easier to store a patient’s information which decreases the risk of any mistakes and thereby increases the patient’s safety. HIT is a great tool which helps in providing better care to the patients. It is an essential task for all the healthcare IT professionals to ensure that the patients’ data are complete and accurate.

HIT supports and allows multiple healthcare professionals to record and share documents of the patient’s treatment and data for analysis of the information. We can say that it has increased efficiency and improved the overall quality of healthcare.

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Anna Nesmiyanova

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There are different ways technology is used in healthcare. The abundance of medical apps prove this:

  • medical reference apps: Epocrates, Medscape;
  • professional networking apps for medical providers: DailyRounds, Figure1;
  • patient health tracking apps: VitalHub Chart;
  • doctor appointment booking apps;
  • telehealth apps;
  • medical calculator apps: MDCalc, Calculate by QxMD;
  • e-Prescription apps: iPrescribe.


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