Electronic medical records (EMR’s) are another innovation that has helped healthcare facilities’ provides rapid and improved care for patients. Many more physicians’ offices and medical facilities are seeking additional technology for their offices. With EMR’s medical staff can now view a patients record with ease and the record can also be transferred to other medical offices with the push of a button. Information technology is making medical visits and obtaining medical information much easier to obtain.
A New Way of Sharing Patient Information
EMR’s along with emails and even palm pilots are now making it more possible for physicians to compare notes on a patient. A patients’ diagnosis, medications and health habits can be viewed by physicians at the click of a button. Having the most up to date information is critical to providing quality care. Many larger hospital systems are spending money to bring their physicians and facilities all online together. These systems allow the patients information to be viewed by all physicians, and medical facilities that see the patient. Many hospitals are finding that this is providing a superb continuity of care. Each physician the patient sees within this system can view any medication changes, hospital visits or test or lab results. This ensures that the patient receives the best quality care with reduced complications and errors.
Technology in the Future
Some say that technology for medical care is behind by as much as twenty years. Within the next few years patients and the medical community will see all kinds of medical technology are born. Bluetooth is a more recent invention that will be used in various ways to connect with medical equipment, computers and communication equipment. Also, using a personal digital assistant is becoming very common in the medical community. Many students in nursing schools are being introduced to these devices in their studies. Many physicians are finding that it is much easier and faster to obtain information by having a personal digital assistant.
Hospitals and medical staff are relying more on technology for help with getting quality care for their patients. As technology grows it may become more affordable for both medical centers, physicians and the patients that they treat. Whatever, the future of technology brings it will no doubt have a great impact on the patients that are treated. Providing better care and easy access is become more evident.