The fastest growing expense in healthcare is prescription drugs. Also, the profits generated by cost savings may induce investor-physicians to reduce services to patients. Although it appears that the federal government is working to reform the healthcare system, one will periodically hear experts talk about consumer driven healthcare.
Of course, there is a large role for health care to play in delivering health care services, but it is indisputable that the foundation of a healthy life lies within the community. The first step in the health care planning program is accurate and comprehensive assessment.
The local hospitals are involved in other workgroups. The C-I-A triad consists of three elements: Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of data and data systems. An annual Risk Analysis is required by the Department of Health and Human Services. EMRs allow doctors to access these documents on a intuitive user interface.
EMRs, or electronic medical records, are used to store all of a patient’s information in an electronic format, and are designed for use within a single organization where a patient receives long-term care. By assessing the needs of the community and by working with community groups to improve the health of the community great strides can be made in improving public health, a key determinant of one’s overall health.
The advancements in communications have expanded the horizons of consumer expectations are it is imperative that healthcare providers are able to embrace these technologies to better serve their patients. Some disparities may be driven, for example, by gaps in access and insurance coverage, and the appropriate strategy will directly address these shortcomings.