Health Information Exchange enables people in the health sector to exchange information about patient’s medical records. Through the use of this system one can be able to eliminate the use of paper records because the system is digitized. People in the health sector can be able to input data easily when they use this digitized system.
Since the system is fast, retrieval of information is easy for health practitioners who need the information urgently. One can get tired when trying to retrieve information through the manual method. Mildew can destroy manual records so that it becomes impossible to get information. Manual records can also get damaged by rats.
Through the backing up of the digitized system, one can be able to recover data that is lost. A doctor who wants to treat a patient can be able to get a full medical history of a patient by using health information exchange. The conditions that have been treated in the past, allergies to medications, and other information that can affect treatment of a patient can be found in the medical history.
Treatment can be fast when the doctor has this kind of information. In time of emergencies, getting this information is extremely important for a doctor. This can reduce the number of tests that can be carried out because the information will be contained in the digitized system.
Handwritten notes by doctors can be hard to read but with the health exchange information, it will be easy to read a doctor’s writing. The legible handwriting in the health exchange system will minimize error to patient’s medications. Misreading the doctors handwriting can lead to death of patients when they receive the wrong medication or when their conditions are misread.
Through the use of the health information exchange, a doctor can be able to extract medication lists. After a consultation with a patient, a doctor can be able to update the records in the health information exchange. The updated information found in the health information exchange can be used by the next health practitioner that will treat a patient.
Information can be shared fast between health providers when they use health information exchange. This increases cooperation between health providers instead of competition. The biggest winner when the health information exchange is used is the patient.
The advantage of using the health information exchange is that there is increased efficiency. HIE consultants can help health providers who want to start using the health information exchange. The HIE consultants can assist with smooth implementation of the health information exchange in a health facility. HIE consultants have the expertise to handle any and all questions by health providers.