Health Information Exchange


Health Information Exchange
A Necessary System?
James Parkinson

Health Information Exchange
A Necessary System?
By James Parkinson


Pg 3……..Introduction
Pg4, 5…..Chapter 1, The History of Information Exchange
Pg 6, 7…. Chapter 2, Challenges and Benefits of an HIT System
Pg 8……..Chapter 3, The Role of Networks, How Multiple Users Need for Data               and Data Exchange are met
Pg 9…….. Bibliography


    Ever since the beginning of the keeping of patient medical records, there has been a need for a more efficient way of retaining the information pertaining to the treatment and medical history of individuals. The challenge was to make a more uniform method for all physicians to use, this would make it easier to understanding another doctors notes. Accessibility was an issue just as well. When medical records were requested from another treating physician, it was done thru the U.S Mail or thru carriers, this often took days if not weeks. The length of time often was too late and affected the health of the patient. The information in this report will hopefully give enough facts in order to form an intelligent opinion as to the necessity of a health information exchange system.  

The History of Information Exchange
  In the early stages of medical treatment, patient’s medical records were paper based and crude. The formatting of the records was basically up to the treating physician, this lead to numerous problems. It was not only difficult for other physicians to read each other’s notes, but the time it took for them to receive the records was slow and sometimes too late to help the patient. A need for a more uniform and efficient system of record keeping was implemented, although this did not solve the time it took requested medical information to be sent and received. “In the 1960s, a physician named Lawrence L. Weed first described the concept of computerized or electronic medical...