I share your view, shehzadi. Mansur's example is exciting. When patients, and doctors, can see the advantage of enhanced communications through the use of technology, it will continue to advance this empowering channel. It begins to put medicine back in the hands of the doctor and the patient - which should make better healthcare.
HIT is doing commendable effort and making healthcare facilities much easier for doctors and patients. I think it would revolutionize the doctor-patient relationship and strengthen public's confidence on the system. People would find much convenient to access their reports and history....this would not only enable the patients to keep a better understanding of their health profile but the doctor would find themselves better equiped for the right diagnosis with updated track record of their patients. Such data cohesion would reduce to time delay and save valuable moment for critically ill patients.
I'm glad to see that HIT is steadily progressing. We have made so many advances in other areas of medicine technology but it appears obtaining or gathering patient data still needs improvement. I purposely try to see doctors within the same hospital or healthcare network thinking my patient information would be readily available to any given doctor but it doesn't always work out that way. Having a portal where doctors, myself and my husband can access my patient data as well as I can get lab results or doctor opinions\recommendations sooner rather than waiting for a phone call or letter two weeks later is definitely a plus for me.
@Mashka - In some of the examples provided, the doctors used technology to discuss lab results, provide follow up care, discuss progress, bring other specialists into the conversation. According to the doctors, telemedicine is much lower cost and personal visit is the most expensive choice and may not be needed in every occasion.
It seems to me that the best way to dispel concerns about electronic medical records is to show the real world value that they can have in potential life and death situations like the ones in your article.
There was one episode of House M.D. where he consulted a sick reseacher locked at the South Pole station. So that was a visual proof of how telemedicine is working.However, I am not sure that without personal examination, a doctor could be 100% sure in a diagnosis. And should a visit to a "virtual doctor" cost less than a real visit?
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