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Doctors and Software: How are Doctors Using Computers?

Posted by mandy on February 25th, 2013

The medical profession is becoming ever more technological, and it is not just with cutting-edge treatments. Electronic medical records, prescription software, automated billing systems, and electronic appointment scheduling software programs are widely in use. This means that in addition to diagnosing patients, doctors now have to know how to operate a variety of software.

Doctors and clinic staff use computer systems to perform a variety of tasks. Electronic records software and prescription software are favorite doctors’ tools while administration enjoys the way that scheduling and billing software has streamlined patient relationships.

Prescription Management Software

The basic premise is that prescription management software streamlines the prescription process. The software eliminates the pharmacist needing to decipher the doctors’ notoriously illegible writing because the prescription is received electronically. In addition, the prescription form can be printed off, signed by the physician, and given to the patient.

This software creates an electronic record of prescriptions, eliminating the problem of lost duplicate slips. Prescription records are easily integrated into electronic medical records so that it is easy for doctors to see the patient’s prescription history. This helps to eliminate a broad range of problems that can happen when the patient visits a different doctor.

dr at computerElectronic Medical Records Software

Electronic medical record software is advanced and costly to integrate, so adaptation is a bit slow. However, more and more doctors are using electronic records to manage patient health history.

Electronic medical records include everything found in traditional patient chart including notes from past appointments, diagnoses, prescriptions, medical history, and follow-up notes. Electronic records also help administrators by incorporating billing records, insurance information, and appointment history.

Doctors that use the systems enjoy the convenience of having required information in one place. In addition, electronic medical records are easy to transfer from clinic to clinic. This means that vital information to the patient’s health does not get lost in the physical transfer.

Advanced Medical Software Solutions

Doctors also use software for highly technical applications such as interpreting radiology. Many of the tests performed in hospitals utilize highly advanced software to interpret and send results for diagnosis. In addition, doctors look up information on electronic medical reference systems similar to but much more advanced, then Web M.D.

Medical software is streamlining doctors’ work across the medical industry. It is saving time, money, and even lives. By eliminating some human error and ensuring vital information is fully available communication between doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and administrators is improved. When doctors can communicate clearly, patients win.

Howard Merryman is a medical writer who focuses on advances in technology and software.  His work can be found on software sites (click here for an example) as well as a variety of health, medical, and lifestyle blogs.

Think Racing is a Lazy Sport? Think Again!

Posted by mandy on February 22nd, 2013

Have you ever seen an overweight F1 or NASCAR driver?  No?  Well, that makes sense.  A lot of people believe that racing is not a physically demanding sport, but that is most certainly not the case.  Racing is an extremely taxing activity that requires excellent fitness—maybe not on par with what NASA needs, but certainly better than the average American.

Drivers need to be able to cope with extreme temperatures, extra G forces, dehydration, and increased heart rates for hours at a time.  It’s certainly not easy, and they have to condition themselves to handle it.  That’s all in addition to isolating certain muscles that are used in driving.

loftinThe thing that prepares drivers the most for the 120 degree heat, dehydration, and prolonged elevated heart rate is cardio.  Running, bicycling, and climbing stairs are all ways that drivers stay in shape.  NASCAR’s Justin Lofton, for example, regularly mountain bikes.  The cardio also helps drivers focus their minds.  According to Vitantonio Liuzzi, a Formula 1 driver, explains, “Fitness is a very important thing in Formula 1…to be sharp for a one and a half or two hour race without making mistakes–[is] more than a physical thing, I believe it’s a mental thing.”  Cardio helps drivers get used to exerting themselves for extended periods of time, which is perfect conditioning for getting behind the wheel.

Drivers also have to focus on their upper bodies.  Wrestling around a 4,000 pound car with no power steering can be difficult, especially at high speeds and for hours on end.  Shoulders, neck, biceps, triceps, and wrists all need to be in tip top shape to keep adequate control of the car.

The real key is variety for a driver that wants to stay fit.  Cardio, weight lifting, and good circulation are all essential for a racing driver.  They take plenty of risks behind the wheel at 200 mph, so it’s especially important for a driver to look after his or her health.  Want to start racing?  Well, getting fit is an excellent place to start!

Damon Tiggs is a sports journalist and fitness bug who writes about American racers like Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon.

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