The United States lags behind in the industrialized world in as far as improving health care information systems, is concerned. The problem associated with health care information systems has been addressed in several regions.
It is because of the many failures associated with implementation of new health information systems that America has continued to use paper records. Evidence shows that for every success story of a computer-based information system, there is an associated failure. That is to say that 50% of all implemented computer-based information systems fail.
The current approach in addressing problems brought about by inefficient health information systems is based on integration and interoperation of various systems to avoid replication of information and enhance efficiency.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden have made plans to invest $10 billion each year for a period of five years so that the health care system in the United States can adopt a standard electronic health information system that will be inclusive of electronic health records (EHRs).
Several pilot studies have shown success with regard to proper implementation of EHRs in as far lowering health care costs, improving patient outcomes and reducing medication errors are concerned (Heeks, Mundy, & Salazar, 1999).
In an attempt to address the problem brought about by inefficient health information systems, I would rely on current data to evaluate the problem and subsequently come up with an appropriate theory that would enable me address this problem.
Current data shows that, despite efforts to address health information related problems, there are still persistent failures. Identifying gaps responsible for the failure of health information systems will enable me to devise an all inclusive plan that will maximize on the positives while trying to effect remedies for evident gaps (Heeks, Mundy, & Salazar, 1999).
This approach has a strong likelihood of being successful. This is because it will relate the new intervention to all aspects of the hospital so that it will not only be successful in addressing the problem but in getting approval of all involved stakeholders as well.
Most of the failures that have been realized are due to incompatibility between the new system and health care providers. Therefore, a thorough evaluation of the new health information system and its intended function is very important so that a favorable model for implementation can be adopted.
Heeks, R., Mundy, D. & Salazar, A. (1999). Information Systems for Public Sector Management. Manchester: Institute for Development Policy and Management.