Running Head: HISTORY OF HEALTH INFORMATICS MOD 1 SLP
Elwin P. Familiar
21 Jan 2013
MODULE 1 ASSIGNMENT:
For this Module you are required to complete the following tasks: 1. Describe what health informatics is. In this section be sure discuss: a. Who benefits from the use of health informatics?
b. How did it come into being?
c. How is it being used?
2. Identify the healthcare organization that will be the focus of the SLP. 3. Describe the current applications in use. In this area be sure to discuss: a. How old the current system is?
b. The organization’s subject matter expert
4. Discuss the patient demographics.
History of Health Informatics
What is health informatics? Health informatics is the use of computer technologies in healthcare to store, share, transmit and analyze clinical knowledge and data. With the modernization and advancement towards improving healthcare services, distribution, and development, health informatics is really about how we manage information in healthcare. Health Informatics Health Informatics is "the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management and planning." (Procter, R. Dr. Editor, Health Informatics Journal, Edinburgh, United Kingdom). The advancement of computer technology in the 20th century greatly impacted the United States in the 1950’s and it was the breakthrough for modern medicine. With the advance in computer technology, physicians, graduate students, and computer specialists began working at several different locations to create diagnostic systems and other medical computer programs (Benefits of Health Information, 2011). With the use of computer technology, communication systems, and information and communication systems, healthcare organizations are now able to use this to provide innovative healthcare to the population.
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