The article is about Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. The respective university has a research institute that conducts research projects with the venture of academic and as well as industrial professionals. Their research findings are shared with the concerned institutions and implemented there for the welfare of the society. One of their most important domains of research is how information technology can provide benefits to the field of healthcare.
The top most priority of the professionals is to build a safer and more reliable health system after the integration of information technology. They have categorized the impact of technology into three categories:
Data is entered in the information system from numerous sources like health records, medication sales reports. Computational and statistical techniques, alongside the information system, are used to detect the advent of major health events. Such health events may include diseases due to water or food contamination, epidemic like SARS etc. This information can be used to advise people about the precautionary measures and to develop the best treatment for the effected.
Information systems keep track of the patients’ personal data, treatment, reports and progress of the patients as analyzed by their respective consultants. This kind of information provides the basis for the evaluation process of the quality of the treatment and service that is provided to the patients. The treatments can be discussed later amongst the doctors for the purpose of improving their future diagnosis.
Information technology facilitates the concept that has been desired since many years. Symptoms, diseases, treatments etc are entered in the system as the patients are admitted and thus treated in the hospital. The information system is developed to form patterns and relationships between the information. This intelligent and learning machine is then used to