Doctors and Software: How are Doctors Using Computers?

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.

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3 Comments

  1. RebeccaP says:

    Using medical software, especially for patient records should definitely save time and confusion. I’m curious about how much information is in these records, such as a list of symptoms. Is it possible to know when a patient has had recurring symptoms over a length of time? Hopefully, this will become streamlined on a national level, so hospitals will have a patients full medical history at their fingertips.

  2. Patrick says:

    Thanks to technology, medical records are becoming much more readily available. Eventually, we should be able to carry medical records with us on a chip or other device and it will become similar to the medic alert bracelets. Having this type of communication allows for quick responses in emergency, especially if the patient is unconscious. Attendants at the hospital will no longer have to guess at the patients medical history nor will the patient have to stumble over the explanation of complicated medical problems/treatments/medications. We aren’t quite there yet, but as this article so articulately proves, we are very close.

  3. Raj says:

    I enjoyed your article. Here in Alberta, the amount of information recorded is quite comprehensive. However it is not implemented on a national level so it is not as effective and useful as it could be.

    Raj
    http://www.logicresources.com

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