Information technology plays an important role for healthcare management
Information technology (IT) plays an important role in the private and professional life today. Ophthalmologists are using software every day, experiencing the benefits of IT, seeing the positive impact on quality of care, and measuring the improved efficiency in their practices. However, the knowledge about the vast potential of HIT in eye care is still limited. To assist in reaching more of this potential, ifa is committed to providing up-to-date information about trends, standards, and benefits.
The definition of Health IT:
“Health information technology (HIT) provides the umbrella framework to describe the comprehensive management of health information across computerized systems and its secure exchange between consumers, providers, government and quality entities, and insurers. Health information technology (HIT) is in general increasingly viewed as the most promising tool for improving the overall quality, safety and efficiency of the health delivery system (Chaudhry et al., 2006).”
Broad and consistent utilization of HIT will:
- Improve healthcare quality
- Prevent medical errors
- Reduce healthcare costs
- Increase administrative efficiency
- Decrease paperwork
- Expand access to affordable care
In the ideal world of IT, all systems are compatible and can “talk” to each other with just simple “plug and play” features. The reality, however, is very different. More than 85% of all software applications and digital systems used in eye care are designed for the simple “stand alone” use only. They are not following Health IT standards.
All ifa products are compliant with the international standards (e.g. DICOM, HL7, IHE, SNOMED, ICD-10, etc.)