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Booz Allen Makes Its Case for Healthcare IT Impact

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Healthcare IT has traditionally been associated with electronic storage of health records, but that connotation overlooks the transformative nature of healthcare IT and its abilities to revolutionize care taking methods, according to Booz Allen Hamilton and its senior vice president for the firms health care market, Kristine M. Anderson.

Booz Allen says it is making an effort to identify and examine current trends in healthcare and define the impact those trends are having on patient care.

The firm has drawn out the top nine ways in which health IT is making steps in changing the nature of healthcare and making it live up to its potential of being more patient-centered.

The firm says:

  1. Health IT can reduce medical errors by identifying potential mistakes such as prescribing medications that will react with one another.
  2. It can improve collaboration with digitized health information, making it more easy to maneuver and spread information with and also enhance preventative care, by automating a reminder system for certain tests like mammograms.
  3. It makes for better patient-care transition whether the patient is going home, to assisted living or long-term care facilities.
  4. It is capable of making emergency care take place more quickly, creating a situation where first responder tests can be sent to doctors allowing doctors to prepare for incoming patients. It also “can facilitate access to an incoming patient's health information“”even if the patient is incapacitated“”alerting providers of any existing conditions, allergies and prescriptions.”
  5. Health IT has the ability to empower participation from family and patients in care decisions with patients able to see more of their medical information and options.
  6. Care becomes more convenient when appointments can be made online and display time is clear. Patient medical history information is more easily saved so the transition to a different doctor is not as difficult and monitoring can take place remotely.
  7. It can provide better care for warfighters, since access to their health information can be forwarded in time of need.
  8. Health IT makes disaster and health emergency response less difficult since data can be found and used for the improvement of public health and understanding of epidemics or outbreaks.
  9. Health IT creates an environment in which discovering medical breakthroughs and platforms for innovation is encouraged and enabled. Through the digitization of patient information, researchers can use data they were unable to before and create a more accurate analysis. Health IT also encourages mobile and social networking technologies that spawn better patient care.

For more on Booz Allen’s nine points, see the company release.

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