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Automated Health Practice Management

Definition - What does Automated Health Practice Management mean?

Automated health practice management is a form of electronic data capture that is used to improve health outcomes.

Automated health practice management covers a wide range of electronic data capture, including discrete data field capture. Transformations and upgrades in the area of health practice management will occur as health management moves from paper to electronic form.

Automated health practice management uses electronic data management systems to measure clinical outcomes such as:

  • Patient flow into a health clinic
  • Missed appointments
  • Physician efficiency
  • Average patient wait times

Techopedia explains Automated Health Practice Management

Strategic IT plans are often lacking in the health care field, as are qualified IT personnel. However, IT techniques such as data mining can lead to predictive health analysis, which can improve health practices management and improve the quality of patient care.

Results from the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey of 2011 show that nurses have little or no training or education in health informatics and information technology. It also revealed nurse clinicians' dissatisfaction with their organization's inability to implement data capturing technology.

Many health care facilities use paper questionnaires along with manual result analysis methods. Although health professionals appear to know what they want technology-wise, they may not have the resources or training in which to capture data outcomes and improve upon clinical measures while enhancing quality care. As a result, clinical, administrative and business IT systems are what many survey results conclude as the most desired type of IT in the health care field. These types of technologies are expensive if purchased from large vendors.

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