Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Jaipur
Transforming Medical Infrastructure
Information Technology has made significant contributions to our world, and so Healthcare industry. With the increased use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR), telehealth services, and mobile technologies like tablets and smart phones, physicians and patients are both seeing the benefits that these new medical technologies are bringing. Medical technology has evolved from introducing doctors to new equipment to use inside private practices and hospitals to connecting patients and doctors thousands of miles away through telecommunications. It is not uncommon in today’s world for patients to hold video conferences with physicians to save time and money normally spent on traveling to another geographic location or send health information instantaneously to any specialist or doctor in the world
Connecting Healthcare via IT
Adoption of technologies such as HIS system with different modules, clinical decision support, computerised disease registries, computerised provider order entry, consumer health IT applications, to view online laboratory reports, Electronic Medical record systems (EMRs, EHRs, and PHRs), electronic prescribing, and telehealth in hospitals has contributed to better care delivery to patients. We have started processes of automation, computerisation: a sophisticated billing, inventory, laboratory etc systems that was fully automated. And, we are committed to updating each of these areas to keep up with the latest innovations in IT related processes – including the current upgrade to the next level of advancement in the HIS, which are currently going on.
Shift in Perception
Today, patients who walk into hospitals are aware of the conveniences and enhanced service quality that IT brings to several aspects of their daily lives, for example. Therefore, their expectations are extremely high when it comes to a crucial service like healthcare. It is here that IT can fulfill a lot of those expectations because whether the healthcare facility is large or small, having the right IT infrastructure can provide: comprehensive information on an individual’s health in a standard format. IT enables a smooth automated work flow to ensure customer satisfaction, for better tracking and support.
Healthcare innovation can be defined as the introduction of a new concept, idea, service, process, or product aimed at improving treatment, diagnosis, education, outreach, prevention and research, and with the long term goals of improving quality, safety, outcomes, efficiency and costs. IT remains a key driver of innovation in healthcare while hospitals and other care providers have long been quick to adopt breakthrough technology in medical devices, procedures and treatments, far less attention has focused on innovations in networking and communications.