The health industry has changed significantly over the last few years and no one can deny that. While computers have long been an implemented in doctors’ offices and hospitals, one big thing has changed: people have more access to the internet than ever before. Health information technology has evolved around this and has quickly become an incredibly important asset in the industry, but if you haven’t delved into it much then you may have no idea what we’re talking about. Let’s get into it!
Keeping Appointments will Never be a Problem Again
One of the biggest reasons for missed appointments is miscommunication between the provider and the patient. For example, the doctor’s office tells the patient one time, and they hear another, which leads to a conflict, ultimately resulting in missed appointments that can become financially problematic for both parties. This has been a major problem in the past, but thanks to technology it has almost been entirely solved.
The resolution we are referring to is an electronic charting system (sometimes referred to as MyChart) that has been made available to both the care providers and the patients so that the doctor or nurse will have the ability to save the information in the patient’s account. The patient will then be able to log in to the portal and confirm their appointments as needed. It’s a serious improvement and a great way for patients to interact with their care providers.
Contacting Providers has Never Been Easier
At our information technology school, you will learn more about these portals and how they can assist patients with their various needs, but for now, we’re going to cover the art of contacting a care provider. Before these portals became prevalent, however, patients were forced to contact their providers via phone which created a bit of a hit-or-miss scenario. The provider would not always be available, and they might not have all of the information on hand at the time of the call.
The introduction of portals enables the patient to contact the care provider anytime they wish and for the care provider to respond on their own time (within reason), ensuring that the patient gets the best response and the most accurate one.
If a patient needs to complete an action, such as an HIV test or even a sleep study, they can be sent a reminder via the portal and they can be reminded constantly so as to not forget.
A Growing Field
The field of information technology is growing and there are many ways that you can get into it. Information technology security, for example, is going to be absolutely essential for the healthcare field as patient information needs to be protected more and more as electronic charts and patient information become more widely available.
You have a chance to become part of something big when you enter this field and it won’t be long before you find yourself on the way to a more lucrative career than you could have imagined. That being said, now would be a great time for you to start considering giving us a call to see just what we have to offer you and how you can expect to carry your education through your career. We offer outstanding classes that will prepare you for the field and even provide financial aid for those who qualify. Your future looks bright, and so does this career field.
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