Software is Transforming Medicine

The digital age is alive and well and taking over every corner of the world. What started with a simple desktop computer has now mushroomed into a host of devices that make information, communication, and entertainment more easily accessible. It is also in the process of revolutionizing the way companies conduct business. And all those devices need software or applications in order to make them function. Some would argue that it is the software that is revolutionizing the world, not the hardware.

In the world of medicine, the force of the digital or electronic age is being felt in the form of electronic medical record software . EMRs are patient records that are electronic, rather than paper. This means that doctors offices will soon be without the hundreds of paper folders lining the office walls. Instead, they will have the same amount of data stored on a small hard drive somewhere. Or they may access the electronic record for a patient from a centralized server that is shared with other medical facilities.

The advantages of this software goes far beyond saving storage space. By getting doctors to chart all patient interactions on a computer, the risk of misreading test results or misinterpreting a medical abbreviation are virtually eliminated. Prescriptions, laboratory tests, and any treatment orders can be easily read, since there will be no handwriting involved. Software can also be programmed to run automatic checks against other treatments or prescriptions in order to ensure there are no harmful interactions or other problems.

The result is that doctors offices, clinics, laboratories, and hospitals will be able to work more efficiently, save money, and provide a higher level of care with fewer mistakes — and all because of the power of new software systems.


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