Information Technology in Healthcare.

images (2)Healthcare information technology can comprise of Healthcare Informatics and Healthcare Information Management.

They are different in that Healthcare Informatics is a field where knowledge is applied through technology whereas Healthcare Information Management primarily focuses on health records and data by capturing, assimilating and managing patient and hospital data to provide quality health care.

A healthcare IT professional develops and implements tools and processes to effectively capture and analyze healthcare information as well as performs metrics and research using patient care data.

On the other hand, a healthcare information management professional uses the tools created by healthcare IT companies to acquire, organize and manage a patient’s medical information for better use of medical professionals, labs, pharmacists and patients themselves.

The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the proper collection, management and use of information within healthcare systems “will determine the system’s effectiveness in detecting health problems, defining priorities, identifying innovative solutions and allocating resources to improve health outcomes.

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