At this stage from my own and my teammate’s blogs we have learned what information is and why it is valuable. However to take our learning experience to the next step, it is important to investigate some interesting everyday examples where the value of information is clearly evident. I will explore some of these examples in this and indeed my next blog entries.
Information is essential in the health industry. Health is important to everyone and when our health is at risk we want the information that will tell us what the problem is. Take for example someone who finds a small bump on their arm. On closer inspection they see that it is a tick. The individual then thinks about how they will remove the tick. This information is available to them from a doctor or indeed online. But what if such information was not available. How would they know what to do? Or what risks they may face? Well this is just a simple example of why information is important to us when it comes to our health. But in the health care industry itself information is much more serious and critically needed. Information technology allows them to be more efficient and more decisive as it gives them medical information when and wherever they need it.
According to an article from AMEinfo.com “Recent advances in IT are enabling providers to improve the quality of patient care. Today’s healthcare IT is much more than traditional isolated computers and unfriendly applications. Increasingly, patient care is exploiting the new tools and information that systems can provide, while maintaining a patient-centric approach to their use.” This clearly shows the improvements information technology can have on the running of hospitals etc. They invest in the technology as they want to provide the best possible care to the individual. This high standard of care is something that many of us will need at some stage in our lives. This has driven the emergence, and growing sophistication of the Electronic Medical Record, (EMR). “This digital record can hold the full details of an individual’s medical history, which ultimately helps to direct diagnostic and therapeutic decisions when a patient enters the healthcare system.” Such a device will save time and thus lives.
With the continued developments of IT in the health industry, patients will experience better care. Without the doctors we are vulnerable and without the proper information the doctors are just as weak and vulnerable.
Thanks for reading!
Below I have included a link to a little humorous clip on EMR.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NleWPN6CADE&feature=player_detailpage (copyright Steven Mussey ,2008)
quote: AMEOinfo (2008) http://www.ameinfo.com/155680-more2.html