The healthcare industry is currently undergoing enormous change, mainly due to the advent of various technologies that can assist and enhance healthcare delivery. Newer technologies are being introduced within the industry in an aim to improve patient outcomes, save time and money, and reduce human error.
Integrating technology within the healthcare industry does not mean fully replacing older systems with new devices, but rather using both in collaboration with one another to ensure that a patient’s documents are accurate and only the appropriate analysis and care is delivered.
For point of care diagnostics, accuracy is vital. Originally, point of care systems suffered from failures relating to human error, such as the inputting of incorrect data into a patient’s record. Computerising patient records and care can help to eliminate error, and can also help monitor patients and organisations to make sure they are delivering the best possible care.
Many clinicians are now adopting Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems. An EMR contains a patient’s current and past medical history. This electronic documentation contains support tools that clinicians and doctors are able to use in order to asses a patient and make informed decisions based on their medical history. The EMR contains both clinical and administrative data, and documents can be shared within a network via the Internet.
Another system that documents point of care visits is the Computer Physician Order Entries (CPOE). CPOEs allow medical practitioners to input patient data information and instructions at the point of care. Similar to EMRs, support tools are available for these systems which help to accurately record data and avoid errors, and information can be shared via a computer network.
EMRs can be accessed easily at point of care via the use of tablets and mobile devices. Given the widespread adoption of tablets, especially iPads, it is now becoming even easier for physicians to deliver effective support to patients at the point of care.
We’re excited at Liberate Ideas to see our iPad-based patient education platform, Liberate Health, being increasingly used by HCPs. In fact, our beta launch with our partner, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) just started and our PA beta users are already reporting great results. Provide us your email (top left of our Blog page) and we’ll keep you apprised as the beta progresses. You can also read more about our AAPA partnership here.