At that time when the doctor entered the examination room carrying a manila folder filled with papers. They would scan the paper, summarize the contents, and go from there. The huge room is filled with thousands and thousands of similar files that are standard in many doctor’s offices. Recently many doctors have started to move away from paper recording systems and use tablet computers.
Depending on the size and type of medical office, it can take between 10 and 30 minutes each day to pull patient files ready when patients arrive. This does not include the time it takes to go and get files when patients call to ask for information about previous medications or visits.
Despite the best intentions and the most organized filing systems, paper records are bound to get misplaced or lost. This can be a huge problem for medical offices that are supposed to protect patient confidentiality. Adding to the previously mentioned difficulties, hours are spent by medical transcriptionists typing up chart notes, printing them, and getting them into the proper files in a somewhat timely manner.
big data This helps overcome this, because using a tablet allows doctors to view patient records at the touch of a finger. There are no obtrusive folders to pull out and store, and with voice recognition, doctors can create visit notes and watch them typed without the need for expert transcription.
Doctors work very hard to prevent dangerous drug interactions. Instead of the time-intensive process of consulting ledgers and looking at all the potential interactions of a given drug, pertinent information can be accessed directly via a tablet computer. Also, dosages, potential side effects, alternative treatments, and more can be lifted instantly. The amount of data that can be accessed cannot be accommodated in one book.
Not every patient accurately describes the condition prompting their visit. They can’t remember if this hurt or not, and they don’t know what treatment they might or might not have. With a symptom checker program on a tablet that accesses medical information from around the world, a doctor can sift through ambiguous information and glean what diagnosis represents a sometimes confusing group of symptoms.
External Record Access
In many cases retrieving patient records from a different office means calling the office, having them find the files, and mailing or faxing the information to the requesting office. With a tablet, recording access is almost instantaneous. While note taking between unrelated health systems may still take some time, intrasystem records are available at a touch. If a doctor needs to see an x-ray done offsite, he or she can quickly access it radiology information system and showing X-ray films.
Receiving a tiny piece of paper from a doctor written in an illegible script that only a pharmacist could decipher was the norm. The patient will then drive to them and the local pharmacy and wait for the prescription to be filled.
While paper prescriptions still exist, electronic prescriptions and refills are now commonplace while the patient is still in the office. After the doctor has decided which drug to prescribe, the pharmacy where the patient wants to fill it will be notified via the internet. Security protocols ensure that not just any yahoo can send fake prescriptions for dangerous drugs. Because the prescription information is already processed by the pharmacy before the patient leaves the office, it is often ready by the time the patient arrives at the pharmacy to collect it.
Speed, accuracy and efficiency are the goals of any business. Now that doctors are embracing digital records, digital prescriptions, and digitally assisted diagnostics, the future looks bright for family health care.