Exchange of the medical data of patients is possible using Health Information exchange between people in the health sector. This digitized system eliminates the need for keeping records on paper. 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. Retrieving information using the manual method is a tedious way to retrieve information. Mildew can destroy manual records so that it becomes impossible to get information. Rats can also chew the paper that contains the manual medical records.
Through the backing up of the digitized system, one can be able to recover data that is 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. When there are emergencies, getting this information quickly is extremely important. This can reduce the number of tests that can be carried out because the information will be contained in the digitized system.
Health exchange information is easy to read because the writing is legible compared to a doctor’s handwritten notes. This minimizes errors on medications that will be given to patients. Misreading the doctors handwriting can lead to death of patients when they receive the wrong medication or when their conditions are misread.
By using health information exchange a doctor can be able to search keywords that will bring up the medication lists. Updating of records is important after a doctor has carried out treatment and this can be done through the health information exchange. The next health practitioner can be able to refer back to the updated information in the health information exchange.
It is fast to share information with another health provider when one uses the health information exchange. This increases cooperation between health providers instead of competition. The patient gets the most benefits through the use of the health information exchange.
Health providers can increase efficiency by using health information exchange. HIE consultants can help health providers who want to start using the health information exchange. The HIE consultants can assist with smooth implementation of the health information exchange in a health facility. Health providers can direct any questions they have to the HIE consultants and they will be able to answer them.