Over the past decade, health care systems in the U.S. and internationally have become increasingly high-tech to streamline care and improve patient outcomes. What are the stages that new technologies must go through before being adopted and what are some of the challenges and open doors they face while being put into practice? Adelina Gnanlet, associate professor of management at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, takes a look in her recent study.
Technology may be transforming health care more than any other industry, through major innovations. These include completely integrated systems that allow care information to be passed to specialists, laboratories, pharmacies and other departments without paper notes or prescriptions, or more nuanced steps, such as email appointment reminders.
Regardless of how advanced information technology (IT) adoption is in a given care environment, the focus is the same: to make care smarter and faster, with fewer errors and better outcomes.
“The significant advantage of information technology integration is that information moves faster from system to system. This provides greater accuracy in decision making for both clinicians and health care administrators,” says Adelina Gnanlet, associate professor of management at Mihaylo College and co-author with Assistant Professor of Management Min Choi of a 2019 study on the impediments to implementation of IT in health care. “We don’t have to wait two to three weeks for information or diagnoses to go to a specialist and for them to fax things, call someone up or give it to a patient who might forget. It is instantaneous.” Read More