As technology progresses, new forms of treatment and diagnosis are being adopted by hospitals across the world. However, many hospitals still use outdated data collection and computer technology, or even paper-based recordkeeping.
When discussing the logistics of using medical tablet computers within a healthcare workplace, the first question is likely going to be ‘What can they do?’. A tool is only as valuable as its purpose, and medical tablets are designed to become another, more versatile tool in any healthcare professional’s toolbox.
Easy Access to Digital Records
Paper files can get lost, ruined, or destroyed in the event of an unexpected disaster. By connecting tablets to a digital database, a patient’s file can be a few taps away and ready at a moment’s notice. This can cut time by an enormous amount, and also reduce the amount of paper clutter in any healthcare facility. It also makes it easy for doctors, nurse practitioners, home health advisors, and mental health specialists to maintain a whole picture view of the patient.
Rapid Record Updates
With digital recordkeeping, editing or updating information can take a few seconds, versus the older method of stuffing more papers into a file, or printing out new copies every time a change is made. Attachments such as x-rays, scans, and test results can easily be added as the patient requires them, and made available to all working on the case. If more people are brought in, the files can be securely emailed or printed for transfer.
Where paper records can cause confusion with handwriting legibility, digital records are designed to be easy to read. Notes that were previously scrawled over corners and in margins are now put neatly in footnotes, and documents can be updated on the fly without damaging the readability of the file.
With tablet computers, keeping track of appointments, important dates, and other meetings is made easier by adding them to a calendar as they’re scheduled. When speaking with a patient or coworker, dates can easily be checked and added as the plans are made, avoiding the issue with conflicting schedules, forgotten appointments, or last-minute changes.
Whether a co-worker or nurse is across the hall or in another wing, tablets make it easy to contact them from any distance. Video conferencing can help doctors and specialists collaborate together, and doctors can use emailing, instant messaging, and audio/video calls to contact anyone, no matter where they are.
Flipping an entire hospital or doctor’s office to digital systems can be difficult, but the pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to organizing, streamlining, and boosting the inner workings of a healthcare facility using handheld medical tablets.