What is Information Technology?
- The potential of this huge data tool was the reason for creation and establishment in September, 2011, of the newest medical subspecialty of IT Information Technology in medicine, “Medical Informatics”
5) Web 2.0
User generated info (wiki, blogs, wikis, online healthcare discussion groups)
6) Data Stores
Micromedex 2.0 is currently used by upwards of 3,500 hospitals, and in 80 countries, as of August, 2012. This service employs more that 90 physicians, pharmacists, nurses and medical librairians to review, both current literature, as well as clinical trials.
The below video shows the logistics behind a service like Micromedex.com
The benefits to healthcare will be determined only how this mother lode of data is applied, and early studies show that it does (SOURCE) One method would be to construct algorithms on varying methods of disease treatment, from experience gleened from this huge data source tp construct plans on treating verious illnesses, and to reveal trends in medication results and other treatments. Previously, this was obtained by experience, anecdotal evidence, and medical literature, which will also be used, besides the new, improved medical infomatics.
An example of adaptation of IT Technology is shown in the Boston area, by a group, called Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT)
This group, composed of a group of leading hospitals in the Boston area provides a role model, using the latest IT technology, to co-orodinate and improve healthcare. The group is setting up networks of sensors, wireless programs, and tracking systems, as a model for future widescale implementation for other hosptials.
Otherwise known as the “Rebel Mouse” (Great website, by the way, a mother lode of info)
Pretty much explains the field