Health care information systems are in for a shift in structure. As technology becomes increasingly integrated into consumer lifestyles, innovations are changing the type of information collected and its method of use. Technological advancements also allow health care information systems to become more holistic and spherical in focus, instead of the linear cause-and-effect relationships of earlier generations. Going forward, all that data demands integration into health care information systems, with its integrity verified and its content held secure. In turn, people with degrees in Management Information Systems (MIS) may become as crucial to health care as medical professionals.
Below are four technologies shaping the future of health care information systems.
Transaction and Reporting Systems
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A fully connected technology environment is coming soon. One of the biggest ways that health care information systems are ramping up to this shift is through integrating data and transaction information. Sharing patient information helps confirm symptom and diagnostic information, ensures prescribed treatments are achieving the desired effects, and guarantees no preventable interactions. This connected environment also streamlines insurance and payment. Health care information systems have not reached total connectivity yet, but they will be.
Wearable technology also plays a role in the health care information systems of the future. Devices people wear or apps installed on smartphones and watches can track activity, remind users to take medicine, monitor pulse rates, and track sleep patterns.
This activity tracking may help people manage their health better, but in this sense, wearable technology also provides valuable information that does not rely on patient memory or honesty. Instead, doctors can receive detailed information about patient health and behaviors over time instead of a snapshot at an annual appointment. This progression allows for more accurate diagnoses and may one day enable doctors to visit with patients remotely.
Integrated Data Streams
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As transaction information and wearable technologies amass banks of data, health care information systems will need to integrate those data streams so that information is easily accessed, updated, and monitored. This integration will involve managing information system security as well as ensuring the information collected remains intact and correct.
Technology is allowing health care information systems to include automated alerts. By monitoring behavior continually, doctors can receive alerts when a patient begins to show signs of a condition developing, even before symptoms are present. For example, early signs of diabetes or shortness of breath could be detected long before more serious symptoms arise. In addition, patients and their loved ones could receive alerts to warning signals, such as sensors recording that a senior citizen’s behavior has been off.
Technology is changing processes within and introducing new health devices into the health care information system. By using technological discoveries to best advantage, health care is making use of these advancements to improve patient care. Information technology is also helping health care professionals quantify and integrate data like never before. These systems, while combining these efforts, undergo their own changes that are ultimately shaping the future of health care.