Connected Hospital
    (University Hosptial, in Tbilisi Georgia, Russia)
    Hospitals in the USA are all connecting to the net in some form.  Some are ahead of others, as far as connectivity.  (See the most connected hospitals in the USA).  We will look at three areas of Hospital Connectivity:

    1) Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

    2) In-hospital  Wireless Communication

    3) Patient Portals

    Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

    Sometimes called “EHR”, or Electronic Health Record.  In this age of digitization, the healthcare is making the transition to putting a patients health history in digital form in a Electronic Medical Record.  This has been done in similar ways in other industries, such as banking, and the healthcare industry is essentially trying to catch up with present day technology.

    Once the medical record is digitized, in todays wireless world, it can be accessed easily, with the proper permissions, from any wireless device.  A doctor in his office, and log on his iPad in his office, and check on lab work, or imaging studies done to his inpatients that he or she currently has.  While the doctor is in a cafeteria of another hospital, he or she may want to check on an MRI that was done at another hospital.  So, basically, it allows convenient and efficient access to the patients records anytime, anywhere.  Of course, this also allows access of the hospital for adminitrative tasks, like billing, according to the exact time stay, procedures, etc.

    In short, it is huge step in improving access and communication regarding treatment of patients.  Some physician’s have been somewhat resistent to adopting using the EMR system, but it seems inevitable that total compliancy in the American healthcare system is inevitable.

    In-Hospital Communication

    Communication inside the hospital is vital between patient-nurse, nurse-doctor, doctor-doctor, doctor-adminstrator, etc.  Internet Medicine  and the age of digitalization provides wireless ways to improve all types of communication in the hospital setting.  And there are software companies, like Amcom Software of Chicago, that specialize in making software to make intra-hospital communication quicker, more efficient, and compliant with the dictates of HIPPA.  Incidentally, this software is currently being used at Emory University, in Atlanta.

    See this video to see how this software enhances communication, within the hospital network at Emory University in Atlanta







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