Electronic Health Information Systems
Health information technologies have revolutionized health in great details. It is now easier, to refer and connect patients' information which was a challenge in the past. Indeed, there are numerous reforms in the healthcare sector, but one of the most significant developments is having an initiative that makes health recording and information exchange easy and storage secure for a long time. In regard, the necessity for electronic health information systems becomes justified. The leading opportunity with such breakthroughs is enhancing an easier and faster clinical process as well as steering the current setup to a truly interoperable system (Kellermann & Jones, 2013). As a result, it implies that there is less dependence on paper-based systems since an electronic health data and treatment procedures allow for a secure exchange of information sets between health enterprises.
In the nursing practice, the role of health information technologies is evident in several ways. Most importantly, it is a way to reduce medical errors as it improves clarity and accuracy, minimizes duplication of information, and reduces delays in treatment through the provision of information in real time (Kellermann & Jones, 2013). In connection, it is a proven way towards better decision making that is highly critical in healthcare (Haux, 2006). There are also concerns about its use which mean that there are present and the possibility of future challenges with the automation of health records. For instance, there is the issue with information's permeability as in the process of automating access; there are chances for data leakage. In connection, the more information becomes electronic, it calls for advanced measures to keep it safe since hackers and other threats also use sophisticated means as time advances. Besides, there are data safety problems especially in this era of internet where hacking and other related attacks are likely; therefore, risking patients' safety (Gartee, 2016).