Usability of Health Information Systems

The ever-growing health information generated by providers and physicians is managed by health information (HIT) systems. Health information technologies have revolutionized our health care systems. Software such as EHR (electronic health records) have introduced a new dimension in our health industry. We tend to see a lot of buzz around technologies and trends. There are many different types of HIT systems ranging from the development of administrative systems containing patient’s history, details and appointments to systems that support and manage different diagnoses like CPOE.

Transition of Hospitals and Pharmacies to CPOE

With the advancement in health care systems, the world is shifting towards better, faster and sustainable technologies. Health care systems are inclined towards a decrease in mortality rate, numerous errors have been reported by health care professionals in past due to misdiagnoses or by prescribing wrong medications. Of course, physicians/prescribers are human, and errors can be made when they must go through multiple steps for patients, including: • Prescribe • Transcribe • Administer • Monitor

Pharmacists in eHealth

This question has ever becoming a an inflating bubble since the health care systems are lingering into ehealth and health IT. Many primary care physicians have some kind of an EMR where they can properly and consistently manage their patients' medical history, diagnoses, lab results, medications, etc.

Cloud Computing and eHealth

Healthcare is evolving with digitization, where it tries to improve the quaility of care, reduce costs and financial burden, the volume of available structured and unstrcutured data has grown exponentially (1). Because of the sheer volume, variety and speed of data sharing, managers in the healthcare industry are facing two main problems: storage and data analysis (2).

To mitigate the aforementioned issues, cloud computing and cloud-based analytics could be of use. Pointing out four potential key benefits of cloud-based technology for healthcare: improving quality of patient care, patient engagement, clinical research and clinical operations (3).