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All about Healthcare Informatics

These inefficiencies can be attributed to several factors, which include lack of acquiring relevant data and extracting important information from it. As far as clinical outcomes are concerned in the US, they remain suboptimal. Hospitals in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States have reported high levels of preventable errors. Error rates ranged from 2.9 to 45.8 percent for hospitalized patients, of which 7.6 to 51.2 percent were preventable.

Building an analytics competency can help the US healthcare organizations to harness healthcare informatics to create actionable insights, set their future vision, improve outcomes and reduce time to value.

Healthcare informatics is a discipline which encompasses various other branches of knowledge such as, information science, computer science, social science, behavioral science and health care. It deals with the resources, devices, and methods requiring optimizing of the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. Health informatics tools include clinical guidelines, formal medical terminologies, and information and communication systems.

Simply put, health informatics is about getting the right information to the right person at the right time. It is important to the delivery of information to healthcare professionals and care settings so they can optimize the information and deliver quality care.

In the past, it was difficult for clinicians to collect, assemble, store and retrieve patient data or keep an account of patients’ medical conditions due to paper based documentation. Due to this fact, it was difficult for them to remember each patient’s individual health status and background, and communicate quickly with patients, hospitals, and other providers. However today, advancement in technology and other methodical tools help clinicians to meet each of these challenges. Thus, healthcare informatics deals with health information and data related to their storage, retrieval, and optimal use for problem solving and decision-making.

Healthcare technology is driving the change and growth in healthcare today due to increased data and analysis needs. Health informatics is one of the fastest growing areas within healthcare.

Saviance, a healthcare solutions company has a firm footprint in addressing the unique challenges of the US healthcare industry. Saviance offers its expertise in healthcare IT solutions, analytics, collaboration and enterprise mobile solutions.

Saviance has been able to get some distinguished clients in healthcare vertical, such as leading hospitals, prominent healthcare institutions and manufacturers of consumer healthcare products. Saviance has enabled them to achieve critical objectives such as increased projects visibility across the organization, improved knowledge management, enhanced technological prowess, improved productivity, better return on investment and therefore the ability to make value-added business decisions.