We have become dependent on technology – computers, phones, tablets, GPS, etc. – to get information, access media, and interact with others. However, with this dependence comes a responsibility to make sure our technology is working.
I think we all know that the majority of the information we consume is of questionable quality. We don’t all like seeing the words “free” and “trial” on our screens. We find this annoying, so we make things (like apps) to make the information we are trying to access more useful. However, this makes some very important decisions in our lives difficult.
This is particularly true when you consider the rise of “health information management” (HIM) technology. This is all the stuff that makes your doctor’s office a convenient place to go so that they can answer all your medical questions right on your phone while you sit in their waiting room. Now that we can have all this information in one place, it makes it very easy for us to get sick and then go to the doctor to have the same thing.
This is all true, but you don’t need to get sick on purpose to have a difficult time with health information. There are many cases where people will get sick because they don’t have the medical information they need to make good decisions and get well. I have personally seen people with serious illnesses that weren’t getting sick because of medical information management technology. It is definitely worth your time to get educated about this.
This is often called health information management technology. This is a very broad term that covers a number of different systems that help people manage their health information. There are software and hardware solutions that help you put together all your medical records, all your medical appointments, and all your prescription information, and they also help you make better decisions about what treatments are right for you.