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Presented to the Faculty of the School of Healthcare Administration at University in Partial Fulfillment of Fulfillment of the requirements For the Degree of Bachelors of Healthcare Administration Abstract This brief report explores the utilization of computer information systems that support the provision of health services in medical office practices solo practices small group practices and other health delivery entities Computers in Healthcare Delivery A few weeks ago a healthy middle-aged man who was recovering from highly complicated abdominal surgery was released from South Austin Hospital SAH in Austin Texas a for-profit hospital affiliated with HCA How did this happen An increasingly effective use of Information Technology IT As a practicing Registered Nurse analysis of industry trends and literature illustrates how until recently industry behemoths with the market power to dictate change witnessed a rapid immersion and development of their IT culture In healthcare no single organization is so large or influential that it can dictate to the rest of the industry what to do by mere example and expect it to follow so IT culture has been slower to develop with advances coming mostly via the trickle down theory AAs a point of reference healthcare organizations typically spend between 3 and 4 percent of their budgeted capital on IT This is low compared to other industries Langs editors introduction as cited in Fromberg 2003 Clinical experience and a review of literature has shown there to exist a number of initiatives which have stoked the IT revolution in American healthcare Here I turn my essay over to Leland Kaiser PhD founder and president of Kaiser Consulting LLC and Jeff Goldsmith PhD owner and operator of Health Futures Inc and their poignant thoughts on AComputers in Healthcare Delivery AE-health was Astrangled in its crib snaps Goldsmith AIt got about two years and it needed ten Goldsmith as cited in Weber 2003 Meanwhile lack of sustained investment means the e-volution of health
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