Exchange of the medical data of patients is possible using Health Information exchange between people in the health sector. Through the use of this system one can be able to eliminate the use of paper records because the system is digitized. This digitized system enables people in the health sector to input data easily.
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. It is also easy for manual records to get damaged by mildew. Manual records can also get damaged by rats.
When using HIE one can be able to back up information and retrieve it if it gets lost. Health information exchange enables a doctor to be able to quickly access the full medical history of a patient easily. By looking at this history the doctor can be able to see the conditions that have been treated in the past, allergies to medications, and other information that can affect treatment of a patient.
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.
Health exchange information is easy to read because the writing is legible compared to a doctor’s handwritten notes. When medications are given to patients, there will be less error because of the legible handwriting. The death of patients can occur when conditions and medications are misread.
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.
The benefit of using the health information exchange is the health professionals will share information fast with each other concerning a patient that they have interacted with. This interaction between health providers encourages cooperation instead of them competing with each other. 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. For the smooth implementation of the digitized system, health providers should consult with HIE consultants. If there are any questions that the health providers have, they can be able to direct them to the HIE consultants.