August 27, 2012
Health Care Industry Paper
There are many aspects of the medical industry that have changed in the last 10 years; from how medical information is kept to how medication is given. In this paper I will be explaining how health care has changed over the last 10 years and what the biggest changes will be in the next 10 years. I will also speak about what my role will be in the health industry, especially when it comes to adapting my skills into the health care industry. Along with the information mentioned above I will be expressing my perception of how the health care has changed over the course of my program. Lastly, I will speak on the role of technology in healthcare organizations in the decades to come along with the financial and economic issues that will affect the health care industry within the next 10 years.
A major change that has taken place in healthcare over the past 10 years is the introduction to Electron Medical Records. An electronic medical record (EMR) is a computerized medical record that has a patient’s medical histories, lab test results, radiology reports and the list of medications they have been prescribed. This can be access in a hospital, outpatient surgery center, or doctor’s office. The new EMR is making doctors more efficient. They have all your information right at their fingertips. You don’t have to worry about your chart getting misplaced or lost. Now there will be a computer in every room. The nurse that checks you in will type review your list of medications and start the encounter form. When the doctor comes in to see you they can pull up what the nurse started and fill out what they are doing. All the information goes straight into the computer. The paper system has often led to “inaccurate, incomplete, untimely, fragmented, duplicative, and poorly documented information” (Steward 2011). Most patient charts are not kept in the facility but in an offsite storage location....