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. The manual record keeping was a tedious way to retrieve information. Mildew can destroy manual records so that it becomes impossible to get information. Damage to manual medical records can occur when paper is damaged by rats.
When using HIE one can be able to back up information and retrieve it if it gets lost. There is easy access when one is using health information exchange because they can access a patient’s full medical history quickly. 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. This information can be extremely important in cases of emergencies. The number of tests that need to carried out will reduce because all the medical data is contained in the digitized system.
It is easy to read the information that one finds in the health exchange information because the writing is clear. The legible handwriting in the health exchange system will minimize error to patient’s medications. When conditions and medications are misread due to poor doctor’s handwriting, it can lead to the death of patients.
Through the use of the health information exchange, a doctor can be able to extract medication lists. Updating of records is important after a doctor has carried out treatment and this can be done through the health information exchange. This update is important because the next health practitioner will be able to refer back to this information.
Information can be shared fast between health providers when they use health information exchange. Instead of competing with each other, there is cooperation between health providers when they share information. The biggest winner when the health information exchange is used is the patient.
The health information exchange increases efficiency. HIE consultants can help health providers who want to start using the health information exchange. The benefit of talking to HIE consultants is that they can assist with the smooth implementation of the digitized system in a health facility. HIE consultants have the expertise to handle any and all questions by health providers.