Technology in Healthcare Data
In 1996 the United States government enacted HIPAA which stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. What this initially did was protect health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they changed or lost their jobs. Title 2 of the document was what required establishments to commit to certain national standards for Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR).
With time there’s been a natural progression and implementation of the HIPAA standards. The government has set aside incentives for healthcare providers to meet various standards and it’s been slowly met.
At first there was a slow transition towards electronic files. However, with technology soaring most health care providers find themselves embracing this model.
So if you walk into a medical office and you need medicine, they’ll send it electronically to your pharmacy. There are many systems in place to send your information to whoever needs it. To meet the demand for these systems, many EMR (Electronic Medical Records) companies came into the scene. With their software and the security of the medical information they hold, many companies can meet the demands of the national standards for EHR in order to meet the programs standards.
The evolution of this technology has led to a virtual environment for the medical field. Along with EHR, Telemedicine is in the picture. Essentially it allows you to communicate with your patient over the phone or computer.
This technology accompanied with EHR, and electronic prescription allow us the convenience of being a bit more healthy in our busy world.