Guest Post: Technology In Your Hospital Physician’s Hands

If you live close to a very large hospital in a large city, and if you have recently spent time in that hospital either as a patient or as a visitor, you’ve probably seen something new. Hospitals and their IT departments are beginning to use portable technology like iPads and other tablets to aid in their diagnostic and patient record keeping services. Furthermore, photos of the injuries, breakdown analysis of x-rays and CAT scans and other bio tests, and a host of other apps aid doctors and nurses in these hospitals offer a higher level of immediate and timely care.

The Benefits For Doctors And Nurses

Doctors and nurses can communicate with each other through texts, emails, IMs, and even live chats when the situation warrants it. But live chat software has to be secure enough to avoid revealing too much about a patient’s information. Patients, in or out of the hospital, can communicate live with their doctor’s site, or with the hospital or clinic’s site. Often patients can find links to helpful videos on subjects they want to know more about, led by the doctors they see or would prefer to see.

Doctors, nurses and patients all benefit from these connections and the ability to be able to schedule a live chat. Sometimes one on one, sometimes an entire group with one or two doctors, patients can get their questions answered.

Patient Care

Studies on the subject of technology in the healthcare field as it applies to smartphones and tablets shows that patients receive better care on a faster response time. This is due to the fact that communications relays within the hospitals and clinics are quickly forwarded to the doctor responsible for each individual patient’s care and if there needs to be any changes the doctor sends those changes back to the sending and receiving PC at the nurses’ station. Over one hundred hospitals and clinics in the United States are now wired in this manner.

The efficiency with which all this data is transmitted has reduced the steps taken in the traditional relay systems from ten or more to three or less. The messages sent to the tablets and smartphones of physicians are also ranked from immediate to “it can wait a little bit”. This way the healthcare professionals know who to respond to first- the patient who’s kidneys appear to be failing to the patient who just needs to have a toe fungus looked at.

A Safer, Healthier World

With the larger hospitals and clinics already plugged into technology on smart devices, the smaller hospitals and clinics won’t be far behind. Because we don’t get sick or injured just at home, this is definitely going to be a boon to healthcare because no matter where we are, our patient records can be forwarded and accessed with not much more than our permission upon admission. Being able to talk to doctors directly and communicate with healthcare professionals quicker and more efficiently already has shown to make parts of our world safer and healthier.

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