This paper attempts to analyze the importance of keeping and maintaining proper health records for Diabetes patients in health institutions. It also seeks to look at the various effective ways which hospitals and related institutions can store such records. It is important that they keep health records using reliable methods so that they ensure the reliability of the data and easy retrieval of the same.
Health informatics deals with ways of storing, retrieving and using information related to health and biomedicine. It has tools that are used in achieving storage and use of the data like computers, information systems and medical terms among others. Health informatics is also known as Health information systems. Areas of application include nursing and public health. There are international standards that have been set regarding health informatics to ensure a standardized way of medical informatics (Joslin &. Kahn 2005).
Using computers and technology has been the best way to store data of patients in medicine all over the world. Electronic health records are the most reliable and accurate way of storing data because computers are more accurate than humans. Health institutions do not longer store records of patients manually like before the emergence of technology (Whetton, 2005). A good example of such online application programs is ICD9-CM. they are codes used to store information of Diabetic patients in health institutions. The United States Department for health is encouraging health institutions to migrate to the use of electronic means to store data.
International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is an effective way of tracking many types of diseases in the world. Knowledge of this coding method is very important for health professionals because it helps in maintaining proper health records in hospitals. It is a code that contains a set of volumes with some instructions. It contains volume one to volume three which gives the procedures.