Fulfilling the Promises of Health Information Technology: Expect to Maximize Positive Patient Care Outcomes


The challenges to healthcare delivery are surpassing conceivable solutions. An increasing number of patients with severe illnesses exist with concomitant decreased supply of and access to care specialists. Higher acuity patients that were formerly cared for in acute and intensive care settings are increasingly cared for in intermediate, progressive, and general care environments as well as post-acute and homecare settings. Healthcare organizations are challenged to understand under which circumstances patients may receive care with optimal quality, safety and efficiency; therefore, organizations are continually seeking new knowledge to guide healthcare delivery. There is a growing body of literature that demonstrates connected health technologies make healthcare more effective and efficient by electronically connecting clinicians and patients. These tele-health innovations include advanced physiologic monitoring, clinical decision-support functions and cognitive affordances. Tele-health has been applied in a variety of care settings and has shown to provide patients with an advanced level of care, increased access, and decreased mortality, complications, readmissions and length-of-stay (LOS), compared to traditional services alone. In this podium talk, we aim to fulfill three objectives: 1) to discuss the affordances obtained through connected tele-health solutions, 2) describe the strengthened integration of clinical services, and 3) outline the persistent and emerging healthcare challenges. We discuss these challenges in the context of tele-solutions that can be applied to overcome these challenges. For example, one solution to a surge of patients in the emergency department is to conduct tele-triage.

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14th Annual BHSF Research Conference

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Poster Presentation

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