An infographic demonstrates how health informatics in the form of wearable devices can improve a patient's health

Health Informatics Serves Current Healthcare

Health informatics bridges the world of healthcare with technology, and electronic health records (EHR) are a key benefit this industry has produced. Enabling access to a patient’s medical history and data offers a multitude of benefits, including:

  • Improved quality of care
  • Stronger, more proactive line of defense against health concerns
  • A decrease in medication errors
  • Enhanced patient safety
  • Efficient access to legible patient records

Electronic health records help advance a key mission of the health informatics industry: to improve patient outcomes. By 2017, 96% of U.S. hospitals had adopted EHR capabilities to strengthen these efforts by providing physicians and patients better access to medical data for personalized, modern care. For example, Utah-based medical practice St. Mark’s leveraged their EHR functionality to significantly improve the health of diabetic patients.

“With this data captured in the EHR, the entire care team is able to know each patient’s exact status at any time. All care team members track the patients’ own goals to ensure they provide the right support and encouragement.”

Dr. John Berneike, St. Mark’s Family Medicine

In many cases, these digital records have aided in advancing research and treating at-risk patients through preventative methods. The image above illustrates how a patient’s journey and treatment improves through technology provided by health informatics professionals. And as technology accelerates, health professionals are finding limitless possibilities in making workflow processes more efficient, advancing value-based care, and contributing to the success of improved patient outcomes using health informatics.

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