Information Technology has made significant innovative change in the Medical Industry. Through I.T., countries like America and Canada have been practicing paperless transactions in the hospitals when it comes to patient information, test results, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, doctor’s name, surgical team, and any of the people who are involved in the care of the patient. I.T. had done so much for everyone in the past few years. Foreign countries that had assimilated I.T. in the lives of the health-allied employees are now on the process of discovering new treatments for incurable disease conditions.
In the Philippines, we are not far behind. We have been infusing the difference the Information Technology would make in our lives, in the improvement of the medical services and changes it can bring and improve in every aspect of our lives.
The different ways I.T. can improve our medical services are:
- Electronic Patient Charts
A patient’s chart is compose of information from the day of admission to the hospital up to the discharge of the patient, assessment, nurses progress notes, doctors notes, laboratory test results, treatments, medications, vital signs, test results and how the intervention affected the patient’s health. Individuals who are concern with the health of the patient will no longer need to photocopy each page of the chart if they are all available for viewing through online to monitor and evaluate health treatment and prognosis of a specific treatment.
- Disease Registries
Monitoring of disease progression and spreading in a certain geographical area basing on the different factors such as environment, culture, tradition, and cleanliness of the community, and tallying of population living a high-risk lifestyle such as promiscuous people, and cohabitation with different gender roles.
- Medical Equipment
Diagnostic equipment such as the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) where it can provide the doctor cross sectional images of different parts of the body, surgeries like Explorative Laparotomy using a robot to operate on someone controlled by a surgeon.
- Health Insurance Exchanges
Patients no longer have to wonder if they can pay a certain treatment if they have health insurance. Hospitals can just bill their patients to their health accounts and won’t have to hold them as a hostage to the hospitals until they can settle their bill.
- Medical Information Technology
Doctors and patients can learn from each other through online communication and doctors can learn new treatments from a live online demo of a particular treatment. Information can be pass on to those who need it as long as they have access in the internet.