Digitisation of Hospital Data for Patient Convenience
Healthcare delivery is a service that often spans multiple decades for an individual. Past records are often of vital importance. In India, traditionally, hospital and doctor visits meant carrying along a large amount of medical records, including old reports, previous prescriptions and sometimes even old medical bills. Especially in case of follow-up visits, these records were a must. This paper work was handed over and handled by clinics, hospitals and test labs.
Paper records were often inconvenient and cumbersome for patients since they had to be preserved for many years, lack of which could seriously affect the quality of healthcare being administered.
Digitisation: Patient Data as e-Records
In recent years, hospitals and clinics have started maintaining the medical history of a patient in the form of Electronic Medical Record (EMR). These records maybe stored in client-server systems or on a cloud-based system.
While EMR’s stored on client-server based systems can be accessed by a single medical organisation, a cloud-based system allows EMR’s to be accessed via web, requiring only a computer with an internet connection. Needless to say, cloud-based systems provide greater accessibility of data, and are the platform of choice for most healthcare organisations.
Impact of Digitisation
A physician can retrieve all your medical history with the click of a mouse through the EMR system and recommend the best treatment based on your records.
In case of an emergency, the hospital staff would know all the allergies and patient-specific precautions that need to be taken before a surgery.
Instant access to a patient’s medical history facilitates improved patient care through more accurate diagnosis and treatment. EMR’s provide the ability to share health records with multiple experts within and outside the healthcare organisation. The chances of errors and inconsistencies that creep in while recording a patient’s health information on paper, is also considerably reduced.
Digitisation of hospital data promises to improve patient care and experience in the long run, providing convenience, an increased probability of collaboration to handle complex medical cases, and a reduced margin of error due to botched records. A smart choice that aims to build a smarter ecosystem.