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Information Technology for Health Professions - 2nd edition

Information Technology for Health Professions (ISBN10: 0131175920; ISBN13: 9780131175921)
ISBN13: 978-0131175921
ISBN10: 0131175920

Summary: For freshman/sophomore-level courses in Computers in Health Care.

Information Technology for the Health Professions provides a brief, general introduction to computer literacy and information technology-at a level appropriate for health care students. This is the only comprehensive survey of the interconnections of information technology (IT) and health care. It is the only up-to-date text that teaches computer literacy AND introduces students to the uses o moref information technology in health care delivery. It includes discussions of hardware and software, communications and networking, ethical issues, and privacy concerns. In addition, it discusses how IT is transforming every aspect of health care-from administrative applications (such as the electronic medical record), to clinical systems involved in direct patient care, to special-purpose applications (such as simulation software used in the education of health care professionals). The text examines the impact of IT on health care-specifically in the fields of radiology, telemedicine, surgery, medical devices, pharmacy, dentistry, and informational resources.


  • NEW - Discussion of new laws affecting privacy and security of medical information examinedHIPAA and the effects of the USA Patriot Act on medical privacy.
    • Introduces students to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and examines the effects of the USA Patriot Act on medical privacy.
  • NEW - Expanded chapter on medical informatics and the administrative uses of computers.
    • Familiarizes students with the computerization of tasks in the medical office, the electronic medical record and bucket billing. It also introduces the student to coding systems, insurance and various accounting reports.
  • NEW - Chapter on computer technology in dentistry.
    • Familiarizes students with the latest computer-based technologies and the shift in demographics that has changed the theory and practice of dentistry.
  • A practical, accessible approachIntroduces health care professionals to the myriad uses of computer technology in medical fields.
    • Provides students with an accessible presentation of the most current computer and medical technologies.
  • Coverage of changing occupational outlook for health care professionalsIn relation to information technology.
    • Provides students with a firm grounding in the language necessary to comprehend telecommunications, networks, the Internet, and the World Wide Web.
  • Coverage of the uses of computers in various aspects of health care delivery Of special interest to students and health care professionals in nursing, radiography, psycho/social rehabilitation, pharmacy, and dental fields.
    • Gives students in each specialty an appreciation of the wider applications of IT in all aspects of health care.
  • Telemedicine developments.
    • Gives students a thorough examination of the rapid expansion of this field from simple sharing of patient records or x-rays to distance exams, remote operation of medical instruments and teleconferencing.
  • Supplementary articlesGive added insight and depth unique for an introductory text.
    • Provides students with interesting, and well-written articles from popular media sources that pique their interest.
  • Lists of sources and Web sitesAt the end of each chapter.
    • Provides students with a gateway to further their knowledge.
  • Chapter objectives and reviews.
    • Helps students focus their reading on important points.
  • Lists key words and critical-thinking questionsIn each chapter.
    • Encourages students to go beyond the text.
  • Chapter test questions.
    • Helps students focus their reading.
  • Coverage of recent technological developments and their uses in health care.
    • Provides students with the latest technologies in surgery, pharmacy, dentistry, medical devices, enabling devices, computer assisted instruction, self-help software and online medical literature databases. less

Edition/Copyright: 2ND 05
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Year Published: 2005
International: No

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