Welcome to the Digital Medical Office March 28 2014
Welcome to the Digital Medical Office of the Future!
It’s 2014 and we are in an information golden age, where everything is connected and seemingly all of the world’s information is only a few keystrokes away. The copier in your office likely connects to the internet to send an email or e-fax. The locks and alarms in the office connect to your security provider over an internet connection. The office's computer may be used to assist in the diagnosis of a patient by accessing online references and checking their symptoms against known diagnoses. And this is just the beginning!
If your practice is already benefiting by digital connectivity, it makes sense to further leverage this connectivity to make your day to day tasks simpler? You have probably heard of, and you might even be utilizing, electronic medical records (EMR). For those not familiar, electronic medical records are digital versions of paper charts that contain all of a patient’s medical history from one practice. Having patient’s medical history stored digitally allows for quick access to patient records on several connected devices, like a tablet, office computer or smartphone.
This connectivity ability works both ways. Not only can you access information quickly, you can also input information quickly. Plus, there are many diagnostic devices with connectivity options that can automatically send test results into an EMR system. Devices like the Midmark IQecg Digital ECG System or the Midmark IQspiro Digital Spirometer System integrate into most of today's most widely utilized EMR systems. So now, you and your staff can check-in a patient, review their digital chart, take their vitals and have the information uploaded instantaneously to their chart, all from the same office computer. This can offer a significant time savings, gives you more time with the patient, and streamline your record keeping.
For many practices, an EMR can be an excellent solution for record keeping issues. For offices already using EMR, connected devices can further streamline patient reception and screening. For more information regarding EMR, check out http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/electronic-medical-records-emr