Speaking your language: The importance of accurate information processing in healthcare

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The idea that human beings are visual learners is nothing new. However, research shows precisely how important visual information is to the learning process.

According to Ernesto Olivares Visual Information, 90 percent of information absorbed by the human brain is visual, helping explain why we process visuals 60,000 times faster than text.

There are numerous studies to support this. Research has found visuals tend to remain in long-term memory, are transmitted faster by the brain, improve comprehension, more effectively trigger emotions and motivate learners.

"Today, human beings work and think in fragmented ways, but visual language has the potential to integrate our existing skills to make them tremendously more effective," said Robert E. Horn, visiting scholar at Stanford University. "With support from developments in information technology, visual language has the potential for increasing human 'bandwidth,' the capacity to take in, comprehend, and more efficiently synthesize large amounts of new information. It has this capacity on the individual, group, and organizational levels."

In a field like healthcare, where complex information mingles with constantly evolving practices, it's clear how important visual learning can be. Enter graphic facilitation.

"When complex information mingles with evolving practices, it's clear how important visual learning can be."

Engaging information through graphic facilitation
Put simply, graphic facilitation is the act of using drawings and animations to help people better understand complex concepts. Using the optimal mixture of images and words, graphic facilitators can break down complicated ideas, transforming abstraction into comprehension.

This is why Intelligent Medical Objects recently partnered with Alphachimp's Peter Durand at the most recent American Medical Informatics Association symposium.

Our team set up a 30-foot whiteboard for Peter to use throughout the event. Experts in informatics would come over to discuss the history and evolution of information science while Peter transformed the conversation into graphical representation.

Speaking in a visual language was not only impressive aesthetically, it helped visitors better understand key takeaways regarding the history of information processing.

This is in line with IMO's primary goal as a company: To help healthcare providers operate more efficiently and effectively by providing them with tools that speak their language.

Painting a clearer picture
The modern healthcare environment is one largely dependent on coding, which helps explain why healthcare IT professionals are seeing greater demand and higher salaries at a time when physicians themselves are struggling.

Clinicians must do everything they can to not only provide high-quality care but identify and record illnesses accurately to maximize reimbursement and ensure patients receive the treatment they require.

IMO supports this initiative by offering products that bridge the gap between clinical language and complex coding systems.

The simple truth is that Electronic Health Records' native templates do not speak in a manner naturally consistent with how clinicians talk. IMO does.

Whether it's compliance with ICD-10 codes or better capturing Hierarchical Condition Categories, IMO has the right tool for the job.

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