Technology has been steadily integrating into our daily lives. In fact, our current generation uses technology almost everyday.
It has improved how we do daily tasks and it makes everything quick and easy for us – some examples are communication, research, organizing your to-dos for the day, and many more. Additionally, what used to take a week or even a month is now possible to achieve in just a matter of minutes.
Since technology has made everything move at a quicker pace, it seems that people these days do not have the patience to do things slowly and manually. That is why these innovations in technology have also extended to how we do business.
Today, many from the tech industry are designing applications that help businesses run in a more efficient manner. A great example for this would be the use of technology in the food servicing industry. Before taking orders would consist of a waitress, a menu board, a pen and a paper but now there are restaurants that have tablets ready and customers can just click on the items the like to order. Aside from this, there are still many technological advances in the field of business.
These applications range from doing inventory to accounting. Using a different array of software, all your records are stored electronically and your transactions are paperless. It is also now way easier and faster to retrieve files from previous years since you do not need to search through tons of paperwork and records to find it.
Aside from the innovations in the field of business, there are also many technological advances in the field of medicine. There are several breakthroughs in the research and the manner of treating ailments in the medical field that has greatly helped us treat diseases.
Before, poliomyelitis or the poliovirus as it is commonly known was widely feared because it is highly contagious and can cause paralysis to its victims. However, due to the advances in medicine, poliovirus can now be treated and even prevented easily by way of vaccination.
Today, these medical advances have sprung from the advances in treating ailments to how medical care is done. In the United States, because of the rising demand in better medical care, there is also a rise in using technology to monitor the patient’s medical history, treatment, appointments and even fees. In fact, since January 2014, the Federal government has required hospitals to use these applications to give an efficient service to each and every patient. There is such strict implementation on this that doctors who have not upgraded their system by the year 2015 will be penalized.
What is a Patient Tracking System
Patient care requires an intricate process of monitoring your patient’s medical history, medication, and follow up visits. It requires an efficient system that closely monitors patients despite their growing number. This is important so you will always have copies of your patients’ complete records as a guide to use when giving a proper diagnosis.
The Patient Tracking System was first designed to track a patient’s location and movement in the hospital to address the logistical problems doctors were having due to a lack of doctors available and a large number of patients. Normally, a patient visiting a hospital does not mean that such patient will visit just one medical professional, sometimes the patient can need the attention of other doctors in one visit (or in an admission).
In order to achieve efficiency in serving each patient, a tracking system was created for doctors to know where their patient is going or with whom did they have an appointment with, and as a result, this lessened the time spent searching for a patient.
Today, in the US, there are different tracking systems available in the market. Some only focus on tracking high-risk patients and the times they visited the hospital, while others track the number of patients they have to be able to speed up the bedturn process.
All these tracking systems are designed to make the hospital system flow smoothly. This is made possible through several app development companies constantly looking for ways to improve services.
Patient Tracking Systems in the Philippines
The Patient Tracking System is not yet widely used in the Philippine market today. However, with the growing number of patients, it is important that Filipino doctors take advantage of applications like these to be able to give the best medical care to each patient they cater.
Majority of hospitals here in the Philippines still use the outdated, manual version of filling up written forms and have these documents filed in storage. This is a time consuming and ineffective method, especially during urgent cases.
Availability in the Philippine Market
In the Philippines, Syntactics, Inc., an IT company located in the Philippines, has app developers who has designed an app specifically for Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OB-GYN) professionals to help them with this type of precise monitoring.
Why You Should Use It
With the Patient Tracking System, you can access your patients’ list, appointments, medical history, and even fees. You can also do online printing of medical certificates and prescriptions. This app is most helpful during emergency situations.
What is remarkable about this app is that medical records can be easily retrieved since these are no longer manually stored. Should you have a patient from a few years back, you will be able to effortlessly access her records from said year. Considering that OB-GYN doctors do not meet with their patients regularly, it is important that they have an effective system to keep all the patients’ records.
Technology is constantly evolving and helping in improving our lives, and it is important that we evolve with it. We use these technological innovations to better our lives, our daily tasks, and ever our businesses.