eHealth and Patient Safety
The era of patients’ notes as a sheaf of papers in a file is fast coming to a close – the challenge is to replace traditional systems for monitoring patient pathways with technologies that simultaneously comply with data-safety regulations, provide audit data, improve patient safety, and increase the efficiency of clinical practice.
There is great scope for improving the medical care business with use of computer technologies. Digitisation of medical records makes it far easier for doctors to access relevant and up to date medical information on a patient from anywhere, without the need for paper copies – this improves legibility and removes the time needed to request medical files. Digitising the data also makes it easier to analyse the files to find trends. Other eHealth technologies include telemedicine, which provides doctor-patient contact from a distance by connecting them using video interviews and remote monitoring systems.
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