The Purpose of Health Information Systems

by Kyra Sheahan; Updated September 26, 2017
Health information systems help keep patient information accurate and up-to-date.

It is well known that when you go to the doctor you do a lot of waiting. However, with health information systems, medical staff are more organized and efficient, which means you can put those magazines down and get care sooner.

Function

Health information systems keep track of everything related to patients. This includes the patient’s medical history, medication logs, contact information, appointment times, insurance information and billing and payment accounts.

Files Are Easier to Access

Health information systems have revolutionized the way that doctors and health care professionals maintain patient information. These systems are electronic, so the days of hard files and loose papers are over.

More Controls

Staff must be authorized to access the health information system. Doctors may have permission to update, change and delete information from the electronic medical record. The receptionist, however, may only have the authority to update a patient’s appointments.

Easy to Update

Health information systems let doctors create electronic medical records for their patients. Patient information can be pulled up for review at any time and copies can be made for the patient upon request.

Communication

Health information systems abet communication between multiple doctors or hospitals. According to Government Health IT, medical professionals must pay close attention to confidentiality issues, such as patient privacy and security safeguards to ensure unauthorized users cannot access the information.

About the Author

Kyra Sheahan has been a writer for various publications since 2008. Her work has been featured in "The Desert Leaf" and "Kentucky Doc Magazine," covering health and wellness, environmental conservatism and DIY crafts. Sheahan holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance.

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