The Institute of Medicine (IOM) refers to a nonprofit organization that independently advises on the improvement of the nation’s health. The organization released a groundbreaking report in 2001, “Crossing the Quality Chasm” that recommended the areas and strategies needed for the improvement in the quality of health care. It identified six fundamental aims, which include, improvement in safety, effectiveness, patient- centered, timelines, equity and efficiency (Hill & Howlett, 2013). Information technology is essential to the achievement of the above goals. This paper elucidates on its importance in achieving efficiency and timeliness.
Information technology can significantly improve healthcare efficiency through a wide number of ways. These include automation of all health records and other information on patients, which would reduce the costs incurred by health institutions and patients as it would be cheaper. Further, it would enable better diagnosis and treatment since any information on the patient would be readily and easily accessible. Coordination between different departments would also be significantly enhanced through easily accessible data and better and economical means of communication such as use of voice over internet protocols in telephone (Monegain, 2009).
It would also improve the timelines through utilization of state of the art queuing management system, which would reduce redundancies. Automation of documentation would also improve the timeliness by reducing the time taken in activities such as filling forms or file retrievals ensuring patients are handled when they need help. In addition, information technology can improve the time taken in researching various health issues thus; attending to the patients needs appropriately (Monegain, 2009).
The best way of educating colleagues on the development in technology would be through workplace learning whereby they would practice how to utilize it efficiently. Further, classroom sessions such as in-service training or seminars would raise colleagues’ interest and awareness on available technologies (Hill & Howlett, 2013).
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