24 April 2014
Medical Data Management Is Revolutionizing Worldwide Healthcare
Technology has indeed revolutionized the methods in which all manner of businesses collect, store, organize, and share data. Effective data management not only arms companies with the necessary information to increase innovation, productivity and profit, but to more importantly better serve their consumers' unique needs.
The healthcare field is one such entity actively investigating better methods of data management for the benefit of their customers; after all, those professionals charged with healing the human body are painfully aware of the significantly different outcomes that may transpire when they possess accurate and instantaneous data about their patients and the most recent in medical trends.
Many patients feel that neither they nor their doctors have the full extent of information that is needed for them to receive the best care; consequently, many patients are demanding a more efficient data management system. The urgency for a better program is never underscored more eloquently than when a medical mistake occurs. In 2008 a patient was admitted to a Minnesota hospital in order to have a cancerous kidney removed; unfortunately, a miscommunication lead to the removal of the man's healthy kidney, leaving the diseased organ in the patient. Park Nicollet Health Services concluded that the error transpired because "...the side of the effected kidney was incorrectly identified in the medical chart weeks before the surgery took place." Such horrific stories are sadly more common place than anyone cares to admit, yet such tales can be found throughout the world. While the mistake itself is inexcusable , its ramifications become even more woeful when one realizes that a wiser system of preserving and sharing information would have prevented such a travesty. An effective management system ensures that all parties--patient, lab technicians, nurses, physicians, and surgeons--are on the same proverbial page, so that such errors will become much less likely to transpire.
On a positive note, such malpractice cases have catalyzed genuine innovation. The data management systems that hold quite a bit of promise for the global medical community are called emergency medical records (EMR) and the health information exchange (HIE).
Nearly 90% of U.S. doctors employ EMRs to store, track, collate, and share their patients' information, while nearly half also now use HIE, routinely accessing medical data that is outside of their organization. Physicians using the benefits of such data management networks are able to perform tasks such as electronically ordering labs, filling prescriptions, recording medical notes made from examinations, tapping expertise outside of their own organizations, and receiving alerts in regards to patient care.
These data management systems are so advantageous that their use is spreading around the globe. While U.S. physicians are the most prevalent population using this technology today, doctors in other countries are beginning to pick up the mantle. Worldwide, of those doctors who are participants in these networks, 76% have seen a reduction in medical errors while 74% cited improvements in the quality of data collected for clinical research.
Mark Knickrehm, the global managing director of the firm that polled 3,700 physicians in the U.S., Canada, England, France, Germany, Spain, Singapore, and Australia on their use of these data management systems, concludes that the trend indicated in the polls "strongly supports a patient-centered approach to care and reinforces the progress physicians are making." Ultimately these data networks will become powerfully helpful, permitting any doctor in the world to be connected to any patient's medical history, as well as to the infinite wisdom that is possessed throughout all members of the profession.
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