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Health Information Technology and Implementation Issues

By John Bush

Although health information technology is becoming more and more present, sadly there are still a lot of issues in the U.S. healthcare infrastructure that need to be fixed in order to have smooth operations. Various problems exist like cost, security, as well as access, which delay the full implementation of health information technology. It is important for communication between physicians and medical professionals to be quick and secure. Also, accessing patient health information must be done efficiently without compromising patient privacy.

A big challenge faced in the implementation of health information technology is cost. Computers and software are needed for computerized data entry function, which cost a lot to purchase and to maintain. Also, hiring and training technicians to operate this equipment is expensive as well. There are a lot of medical records that are currently on paper and converting these documents into digital files along with securely disposing the originals is expensive and consumes a lot of time. The thing is, it is completely necessary in order to implement health information technology.

Access is another challenge in the process of implementing health information technology. Access to electronic personal and medical health records has to experience changes in order to improve patient care services. It is important to eliminate any errors and mistakes caused by the inability to update information accurately. Healthcare professionals and doctors who have better access to updated patient information will be able to treat them better and minimize occurrence of error in prescribing and diagnosing patients. This way regardless where you are and even if you fall ill during your travel, you will be attended to properly by the medical facility you are in.

Another issue that is faced is the inconsistency with software used by different medical facilities. Such problems prevent fast and secure sharing of healthcare information. This poses a problem in the attempts to implement smooth operations of health information technology in the U.S.

Security is another challenge in health information technology. Doctor-patient confidentiality has always been respected. However, the accessibility of medical records can be a barrier for delay in the complete implementation of health information technology. Certainly patients have the right to determine when and how medical records are accessed, along with who accesses them.

As you can see, there are a lot of challenges faced before health information technology can be fully implemented with minimal or no problems. There is no doubt that implement health information technology will enable better treatment for all patients.

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Bush, John "Health Information Technology and Implementation Issues." Health Information Technology and Implementation Issues. 18 Oct. 2012. 28 Oct 2014 <>.

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