Important issues of Health Care Data Management

Health care Data management involves many levels of data capture by using different types of digital patient data management systems that has to be made readily accessible not only to medical care practitioners in hospital, clinic or physician’s office but also be required to share with diagnosticians, pharmacists and other medical practitioners. It is important to maintain privacy of individual/patient information on the premises that database systems should take the responsibility for protecting the private data they manage.

In the United States, healthcare data management protocols must comply with government regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act abbreviated as HIPAA. Health information technology (HIT) professionals are required to adopt net strategies to securely manage and protect the data in the process of healthcare workflow. The passage of Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act — 2009 require the implementation of Electronic Health Records or EHRs and after 2015, medical practices are being penalized for not implementing EHRs.

Statistics show that during May 2015 abut 87% of Medicaid service providers have received about $430.4 billion as financial incentive from the HITECH Act to implement EHRs. Medical care providers are benefiting from healthcare database management system. However, there are unique challenges when complying with HCDBMS and these include-

  • Mobile based computing –The use of smart phones, tablets and data entry systems for nurses and physicians for the facilitation of patient records has resulted in more responsibility on Hospital Information System (HIS) system managers to provide secure wireless access throughout the health care facility or premises with enough bandwidth to support a growing number of hands held workstations.
  • Operational analytics — Operational efficiency is now being measured with the help of healthcare data that include EHRs and therefore it is a challenge of HIS system managers to look for new strategies to mine healthcare data for discovering the real profit centers.
  • Lack of right analytics experts — The other important challenge faced by healthcare providers is in finding right analytics experts to guide them getting relevant information from the databases. Currently, it is difficult to find data scientists with healthcare background or experience to be hired as analytics experts in majority of healthcare service centers or hospitals.

The above-mentioned issues are just few challenges that are being faced by HIS professionals with healthcare data management systems for smooth healthcare workflow.