Information systems are used in different areas of the health care industry to perform various tasks. Some tasks automate processes and some assist health care providers in providing care to their patients. No matter how they are used, the intention is to make the task more efficient. This week, you will learn about the information systems used in the health care industry.
Computer-assisted surgery uses information systems to plan and guide portions of the operation. Computers can generate predictive models so that surgeons can review and plan ahead of time to improve the efficiency of the surgery. Computer controlled robotics can also be used to assist in surgery. These perform procedures that are more precise than a human hand.
Even an emergency room (ER) uses information systems that are quite different compared with other information systems in a hospital. An ER information system is not always connected to the rest of the hospital, so a patient’s information and records might not be accessible.