It had been a few years since the last systematic literature review of the effect health information technology (HIT) has on patient outcomes, and much has changed since. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 encouraged widespread electronic health record (EHR) adoption, vaulting them to near-ubiquity.
Chronic diseases and health conditions are often incurable and can adversely impact the longevity and quality of a person’s life if not managed actively. The wide prevalence of these conditions along with the fact that they are often preventable and frequently manageable with early detection and with the right health practices, calls for more focus on empowering patients in ongoing self-care.
Explosive growth and groundbreaking digital transformations are underway in China’s enormous healthcare market, and now a Beijing hospital has become the first private healthcare organisation in the nation to achieve Stage 6 on the HIMSS EMRAM scale for its electronic medical record system.
According to the Frost & Sullivan study, the total revenue of the global cloud-based medical imaging informatics market is expected to remain on a very strong growth trajectory over the next few years, growing from $285.4 million in 2016 to $830.5 million in 2021. That's a significant compound annual growth rate of 23.8 percent.
A study released in October 2017 found EHR (electronic health records) use has been listed as a contributing factor to patient injury at an increased rate over the past decade. Poorly-designed EHR systems combined with human error have resulted in patient safety problems in an increasing number of malpractice claims from 2007-2016.
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