The topic that I will be discussing this week is Relationships to Information Technology and Healthcare: Delivery of value in healthcare, regulatory requirements, and potential changes. According to (Bindra. P, 2018), the health outcomes that are achieved for every dollar spent is known as value in healthcare. The value in healthcare is important because it should aim to provide better quality, lower cost, and better access to consumers. When looking at healthcare value, one should understand that the performance of the healthcare industry should revolve around the patient. Healthcare providers and services can not deliver value or performance without thinking about the outcomes/ results obtained by patients/ consumers served.
According to (Bindra. P, 2018), when providers utilize value-based care and reforms, they can accurately and effectively diagnose/ treat patients on the first encounter instead of later. This will help minimize costs related to ineffective and unnecessary care. When providers can effectively diagnose and treat their patients, they are able to provide the appropriate medications, tests, and services. Studies show that patients presenting with certain medical diagnosis were not being prescribed medication that had been clinically proved to help said medical diagnosis. Certain regulatory requirements such as the pay for performance (P4P) approach and value-based purchasing (VBP) developed. Approaches and programs like this help put an emphasis on the delivery of safe and effective care from healthcare facilities and providers. These regulatory requirements help aid in quality service and effective care.
Technological advances are steadily increasing as the healthcare industry evolves through the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to many changes in the healthcare industry. Many providers have begun utilizing virtual systems such as the continuum of care, Internet of Things (IoT), the cloud, electronic health records and health information technology. While technological changes have allowed for improvement in health information technology (HIT), I believe there is an increased risk of privacy and security challenges as well as challenges to the healthcare industry overall that needs to be addressed. According to (Yeganeh, 2019), due to the pandemic the healthcare industry is undergoing many huge transformations. Governments, businesses, and consumers are trying to control costs and there is an urgency to provide quality services to their citizens and employees. It is important that healthcare policy makers, consumers, businesses, providers, etc continue to be adaptable. It is important that as the healthcare industry evolves, the value-based care approaches are utilized to aid in cost control and the delivery of quality services for consumers and employees.
Paveljit Bindra. (2018). The Core Elements of Value in Healthcare. Health Administration Press.
Yeganeh, H., 2019. An analysis of emerging trends and transformations in global healthcare. International Journal of Health Governance, 24(2), pp.169-180.
Relationships to Information Technology and Healthcare: Delivery of value in healthcare, regulatory requirements, and potential changes.
several years ago in my home country Nigeria when we visit the doctor. They ask for card number and look for the our file that has the each patient name written on it sometimes they are stored alphabetical order for easy access. Then medical records, bills, allergy’s, data were all written manually. But in todays healthcare system the relationship between information technology and healthcare has been significant. Today things have changed patients data bare stored on the computer. In hospitals, when vital signs are taken the nurse don’t need to write it down, it transmit directly to the doctors computer through a particular software. With information technology patients are able to check there medical records without having to go to doctors office. Whenever I get a new job and the job request my medical records all I do is to go to Kaiser Permanente portal online with my user name and password I have access to print out my records. With digital information medical practitioner are able to store health information through use of data. Also another point worthy of mention is that delivery of healthcare with the covid19 pandemic became easier. Distance is no longer a barrier to getting healthcare. With virtual healthcare a doctor can attend to a patient one on one through the the aid of a computer or smart phone. Normally the virtual appointment takes about twenty minutes in which a patients sits in the comfort of his home he can be observed and diagnosed virtually by the doctor and also be attended to. The doctor can also prescribe medications and send it to the pharmacy and it will be mailed to the patient in the comfort of his home. Potential changes in the healthcare delivery is that healthcare workers will need to attend more trainings and in-service to be updated with the advent of the technologies in healthcare. For nurses who are direct care givers a review of healthcare quality can improve professional communication with there patients and also the stake holders. According to world health organization (WHO) estimates a projected shortfall of 18million healthcare workers by 2030 in order to tackle this impending problem healthcare workers need to be equipped with all the help the can get.
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